It’s been a while since we’ve seen the antihero from hell, Spawn, appear on the big screen since his debut in 1997. However, creator Todd McFarlane says that his cinematic return is inevitable, thanks to the commercial and critical success of a certain other comic book icon.
Following the overwhelming critical reception to Joker last year, McFarlane is confident that another “R-rated, dark comic book movie” from Hollywood could be produced sooner than later, as he feels it is what audiences have been clamouring for in recent years. And as such, he has officially declared that the Spawn reboot will start shooting later this year.
“Everybody in Hollywood wants an R-rated, dark comic book movie, and Spawn is at the top of their list,” explained a jubilant McFarlane at a panel at FAN EXPO Vancouver recently (via MovieWeb). “The phone calls are coming in fast and rapid. I’ve been talking to a couple of Academy Award people, I’ve got the investors getting lined up. It’s changed ever since the Joker from being me begging them to do Spawn dark and creepy, to them asking. So I’m telling you it will happen this year. This year. And I will direct it. I will be directing it.”
As it turns out, the gears for the Spawn reboot have already been turning at Blumhouse Production. Jamie Foxx has already been cast as special forces agent Al Simmons/Spawn, while Jeremy Renner will be joining him as NYPD detective Twitch Williams. Aside from declaring himself as director, McFarlane has also penned the script.
No other cast members nor a release date for Spawn have yet been announced.
And while awaiting his return to the big screen, Spawn will make his debut on Mortal Kombat 11 as a DLC fighter on 8 March 2020.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.