Michael Jai White: ‘Spawn’ Reboot Could Be “Amazing”

by Thomas Tuna

The man behind the original Spawn mask has something to say about the slow-as-a-snail remake.

The Blumhouse Productions take of Todd McFarlane’s famous Image Comics character got some good news earlier this year, when three new screenwriters–Scott Silver, Malcolm Spellman and Matt Mixon–joined the party.

And, with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx still attached to lead the project, the reboot seemed to be heading in the right direction–with only the perfect director needed to guide the ship. McFarlane–one of the film’s producers–reportedly took himself out of the running, but only time will tell if he decides to take the helm.

Meanwhile, Michael Jai White–who played the violent anti-hero in the original 1997 Spawnrecently told MovieWeb that he thinks the remake has a huge upside.

White–who called Spawn “the darkest super-hero there is’–said that if the remake is “made like the comic book, I think it would be amazing. I’ve heard Todd McFarlane is supposed to direct, but I’ve heard that for years.”

Going that route, White said, would be “very interesting, because it would have to be a pretty big financial investment–and I don’t know Todd to be a director. So, that would be history-making. I’m just like the rest of the world, waiting to see what happens.”

The actor added that he hopes the remake will take the good and bad from the original and improve on that. Commenting on his film, White said “certain things were ahead of its time, but I find fault with the storytelling, and I felt there was a little bit too much special effects.”

The original Spawn–directed by Mark A.Z. Dippe from a screenplay by Alan B. McElroy–follows White as the murdered Lt. Col. Al Simmons–who is resurrected as Spawn, the reluctant leader of Hell’s legions.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on the Spawn remake.


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