Todd McFarlane Begins Writing ‘Spawn’ Screenplay Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has begun work on the screenplay for the character’s next film outing. The acclaimed comic book writer and artist revealed that the proposed movie will be a stand-alone story, geared towards a mature audience. “The story has been in my head for seven or right years. The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a standalone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary,” he said. “The tone of this Spawn movie will be for a more older audience. Like the film The Departed.” McFarlane recently expressed his desire to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead in the new film.