We’ve been hearing for years now that Todd McFarlane has been developing a darker, R-rated Spawn movie in an attempt to reboot and redeem the character from the poorly received 1997 live-action adaptation. He has also expressed a desire to direct the movie himself, but it wasn’t until last year’s announcement that Blumhouse would be producing it that it seemed like it might actually happen. Now this week they have officially landed a major star in the form of Jamie Foxx to lead the film and it seems like everything is finally coming together. Foxx had this to say about the announcement:
“A few years back I flew out to Arizona to meet the man behind one of the most incredible comic book characters in the universe… Todd McFarlane. He was taken aback when I told him with the enthusiasm of a young child that more than anything I wanted to put my name in the hat to embody his beloved character Spawn…. I told him no one would work harder than me if given the opportunity… well… the opportunity is here!! I’m humbled and ready to transform… and to top things off the young Jason Blum is lending his brilliance to the project! Time to be great!!!! #Spawn.”
McFarlane will indeed direct from a script that he wrote himself. The success of Black Panther may have also helped get the ball rolling on another black superhero movie, although McFarlane seems eager to avoid many of the superhero tropes. He has promised that this movie will not be an origin story and that it will embrace the horror elements with a main character that rarely speaks. Spawn is expected to start production this summer and has an estimated budget of $10 to $12 million. Are you looking forward to an R-rated Spawn movie?