Horror–and comic book–fans have been starving for some meaty morsels about the long-gestating Spawn reboot–and the film’s producer this week dropped a few crumbs. Tiny ones.
It’s been almost four years since word first broke about the remake of the 1997 film based on the popular Todd McFarlane comic book character, and still precious little is known about the script or production schedule for the movie. But, according to comicbook.com, at least Jason Blum recently spoke positively about the Blumhouse Productions project.
What did Blum have to say about the reboot? “Oh yeah, we’re going to make it. We’re going to make it. It takes a while to get the script right, but we’ll make it.” Hardly a ringing endorsement.
McFarlane, in an interview earlier this year, said he feels “the same sort of frustration. Movement is happening. As a team, we are doing what needs to be done to keep this moving.”
He added that perhaps “we put a little bit of pressure on ourselves to say, ‘Can we have by midyear something really big and tangible to go public with?’ And, we sold it to a studio, so that is something really tangible.”
The most tangible news out of all this has been the confirmation of Jamie Foxx in the lead role and Avengers and Hawkeye star Jeremy Renner in the key role of Det. Twitch Williams.
McFarlane–who will write and direct the feature–has indicated that Renner’s character may, in fact, be the main player in the film, with Spawn appearing mostly in the shadows the bulk of screen time.
Foxx–an Oscar winner for 2004’s Ray–has expressed enthusiasm about the movie and his role. “What Black Panther did was let us know that it’s so necessary, and it’s the time,” Foxx said. “And Spawn is just an interesting character in itself. The heads that are being put together will bring you something special.”
The original Spawn–directed by Mark A.Z. Dippe from a screenplay by Alan B. McElroy–was based on the Image Comics horror super(anti)hero. As the origin story goes, Spawn–murdered U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Al Simmons–was resurrected as the reluctant leader of Hell’s army. The first film–saddled with mostly negative reviews–grossed $88 million on a $45-million budget.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the next update on this long-suffering reboot of Spawn.