Michael Jai White Shares Views On ‘Spawn’ Reboot

by Thomas Tuna

One person who could have–and apparently does have–strong opinions on the much-debated (and much-delayed) Spawn reboot is Michael Jai White–the star of the 1997 big-screen adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s horror/super-hero comic book.

With McFarlane seemingly now driven to write and direct this reboot, the actor this week spoke out about those efforts during an interview reported on cbr.com. White shed some light on how he sees the film shaping up, and even shared some insight into a radically different plot twist for a potential reboot.

White said he has known that McFarlane “has been trying to get a new (Spawn) movie up and going for 23 years. The last time I saw him, he was telling me about his idea of Spawn bring ethereal fog that you don’t see–like Jaws–and he strikes and you never see him.”

Whether or not that idea would ever make it onto the Silver Screen, White seemed to have reservations about McFarlane sitting in the director’s chair. “I don’t know Todd to be a director at all,” he said. “It’s kind of like Stan Lee–he created the character, but he doesn’t direct him.”

White added that the film may well continue to move forward. “Maybe it continues because this is what people like to hear from Todd McFarlane,” he said. “He can get attention by promising another Spawn.”

Back in 2017, McFarlane announced he wanted to helm the reboot–produced by Blumhouse Productions–but progress since then has been slow and spotty. As reported here in Horror News Network, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx looks to have the inside track on the lead role, with Jeremy Renner (The Avengers franchise’s Hawkeye) being considered to play a homicide detective who crosses paths with the Hellspawn.

The original Spawn–directed by Mark A.Z. Dippe from a screenplay by Alan B. McElroy–was based on the Image Comics character, who also has appeared in an HBO animated series (1997-1999) and as a popular action figure from McFarlane Toys. Spawn–which told the character’s origin story of murdered U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Al Simmons being resurrected as the reluctant leader of Hell’s army–received mostly negative reviews and grossed $88 million on a $45-million budget.

With so many questions still hanging in the air about the Spawn reboot, keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates.

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