SYFY has released the official trailer for its first original documentary Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t, which will be making its world premiere as the opening film for SYFY Fan Fast. It also happens to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con’s first-ever Virtual @Home edition, which will be starting later this week.
Directed by David Oster, Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t follows the titular rebel who, at the beginning of his career, was turned away by numerous comic publications. He decided that since no one was recognizing his talent, he would take matters in his own hands. McFarlane eventually became the CEO of McFarlane Toys and President of Image Comics and Legendary Artist. The doc provides an in-depth view behind the mastermind that brought us Spawn and some of Marvel Comic’s most well-known artwork. It paints a portrait of his struggles to navigate and upend the status quo in the comic and toy industries.
Check out the trailer for Todd McFarlane: Like Hell I Won’t below:
The doc paints what looks like an honest portrait of an often over-privileged creator. It’s hard in our current climate to entirely sympathize with someone who has had huge success for the better part of 25 years. Having said that, Like Hell I Won’t arrives just over a year after production was supposed to start on McFarlane’s rebooted Spawn movie. When looking at such a long-gestating project never being able to take off it’s easy to paint McFarlane as a difficult figure to collaborate with. Even a deal with production company Blumhouse hasn’t quite managed to shift McFarlane’s unshiftable demeanor, but he still seemed confident that he was heading in the right direction, noting that he would need to hook international viewers who were pretty unfamiliar with Spawn to really make a success of it.
SYFY Fan Fest will take place between July 25-August 2, and will also include the Season 4 premiere of Wynonna Earp, a special extended episode of the new hit series The Great Debate, an SYFY Wire After Dark original special, movie marathons, and more.
The documentary will be released on Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 p.m. ET on SYFY’s YouTube channel, SYFY.com, and On Demand.