It appears that a long-rumored cinematic reboot of a beloved comic book is on the verge of finally happening, and that an Academy Award winner will be headlining the cast. According to an exclusive report from Deadline, artist/toy magnate/historical baseball dealer Todd McFarlane has selected Jamie Foxx to play the part of the title character in the upcoming production of Spawn. Based on the immensely-popular comic book series created by McFarlane in 1992, this version of Spawn will be the second theatrical release of the comic saga following 1997’s film distributed by New Line Cinema. This time around, McFarlane will produce the movie with Blumhouse Productions.
As creator/director Todd McFarlane and horror mega-producer Jason Blum continue along on their new movie project based upon McFarlane’s Spawn comic book series, we are beginning to hear more and more about what the movie will be like. We already knew that the plan from the start is to create a hard-R rated film with strong horror elements on a low budget. Now, Todd McFarlane is starting to talk about what that might look like- or sound like- on the big screen. It turns out, Spawn won’t speak during the entire film! read more
Back in early May, Todd McFarlane announced to his fans that he’d pretty much finished a script for an R-rated movie based on his popular Spawn comic book series. At the time, he promised there would be more concrete news on the project in the coming months. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he took to San Diego Comic Con to unleash some big news… he’s partnered with Jason Blum of Blumhouse to bring the movie to a theater near you!
In a video published today by IMDb, McFarlane spoke with Kevin Smith about his plans for the film. He revealed that he will be producing the movie in partnership with Blumhouse, and that he will also direct the film. This will be McFarlane’s first project as a director of a feature film, but he has experience directing Pearl Jam, Korn, and Disturbed music videos in the late 90’s and 2000’s. He is intentionally aiming for a low budget with few special effects so he can retain creative control and deliver a darker and edgier flick than the typical superhero movie spinoff. In McFarlane’s own words, the new Spawn film will be “dark and gnarly and gritty.” read more
Todd McFarlane, the legendary comic book artist and co-founder of Image Comics, took to the internets to provide a status update for fans on the upcoming Spawn movie. Using a webcam that appears to have been released the same year as Spawn #1, McFarlane shared directly with fans that his rough draft of the script is completed, and he’s currently trimming it to approximately 120 pages. He then introduced page six of the script before stating, “Obviously, it’s not gonna be my best page. It’s not gonna have a lotta good Spawn stuff on it.” Eagle-eyed viewers might be able to pick out a few sentences despite the low resolution of the video. read more
Todd McFarlane announced today via a preview clip from Kevin Smith’s AMC talk show Geeking Out that he is currently working on a darker, more faithful Spawn film. McFarlane was interviewed by Tiffany Smith and when asked if a new film was on the horizon he stated “The simple answer is yes,”. McFarlane also said that the film would be “a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script.”
He also told Smith that “the world’s going to be real, except for one thing that’s going to move,” and that “you’re never going to see a dude in a rubber suit….This is going to be my Jaws shark,”. read more