Spawn finally appears to be nearing its long-awaited resurrection on the big screen from Blumhouse Productions. The reboot of the Jamie Foxx-directed film for the Image Comics anti-hero showed new signs of life with creator Todd McFarlane announcing that the screenplay will now be penned by a trio of new writers: Scott Silver (Joker), Malcolm Spellman (Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: New World Order) and Matthew Mixon.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McFarlane acknowledged that he might not be the right person to direct the film given the stakes involved. “If we have a top actor, top producers, top screenwriters, then do you want to shoot for top directors, top filmmakers?” he said. “The answer is, ‘of course.’ Let’s continue our momentum.”
McFarlane also revealed he’s seen R-rated success Joker as a turning point for the reboot. “Why not just go with the guy who wrote the movie?” he said, adding that he was surprised Silver said yes. “It was a full Hail Mary. Sometimes timing is everything.
Spellman described his affinity for Spawn in a report. “I grew up in Berkeley, which is a comic book town,” he explained. “Todd McFarlane’s SPAWN character has always been one of my favorites – a black superhero who wasn’t bullshit, he was cool and dealt with modern issues. Myself, Matt Mixon and Scott Silver we’re committed to honoring what Todd started and what SPAWN is all about, delivering something relevant and edgy and unlike any other superhero movie.
McFarlane introduced the demonic comic book character in 1992 after founding independent publisher Image Comics. Spawn became one of the company’s smash hits of the 90s and is still one of their flagship series. McFarlane is currently writing one of his offshoots, Gunslinger Appearanceand directed the next DC crossover batman appears.
The Spawn the reboot will follow the 1997 feature film starring Michael Jai White as murdered CIA black ops soldier Al Simmons, who was brought back from the dead as the soul-gathering Hellspawn, and John Leguizamo as his nemesis, Violater (perhaps better known as “Clown”). The character also led an HBO animated series for three seasons between 1997 and 1999.
The film’s hype was initially reignited on October 3 when McFarlane job a hand-drawn note that promised an update the next day, which was later postponed to Wednesday. He followed the teasing in retweet an interview with New York radio station Q104.3 where he shared that Foxx had been “hardcore” about the film.
— Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) October 3, 2022
Sorry for the delay.
— Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) October 4, 2022
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