The long-delayed (and much-hoped-for) reboot of the 1997 Spawn film just got a needed shot in the arm–in the surprising form of a new screenwriter.
Todd McFarlane–the celebrated writer/artist behind the long-running Image Comics character–had already penned a script for the proposed remake, but apparently he decided to turn the reins over to another writer to bring the story to cinematic reality, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Brian Tucker–best known for the screenplay of the 2013 crime thriller Broken City starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg–will now handle the Spawn scripting chores. Tucker reportedly is also writing the remake of The Fugitive for Warner Bros.
McFarlane will continue in the director’s chair for the reboot, and will also produce the flick with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Carla Hacken is on board as executive producer.
Unfortunately, one cloud over the project now, according to reports, is the continuing involvement of Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner in starring roles. Foxx was reportedly set to play the ritual character, with Renner portraying Det. Twitch Williams. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s unclear if the actors are still attached to the film, given that so much time has passed since they signed on. Stay tuned.
The original Spawn–directed by Mark A.Z. Dippe from a screenplay by Alan B. McElroy and starring Michael Jai White–was based on the popular comic book anti-hero. In the comics, Spawn–murdered U.S. Marine Lt. Col. AL Simmons–was resurrected as the reluctant leader of Hell’s legions. The film–which wasn’t received warmly by critics–grossed $88 million on a budget of $45 million.
Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on this reboot of Spawn.