The Spawn horror movie is back on track as Todd McFarlane announced some A-list talent for his passion project.
Earlier today, McFarlane posted a video to Twitter, detailing that he and Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions would partner to bring Image Comics’ flagship anti-hero to movie screens.
Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will star as Spawn with the screenplay being written by Scott Silver, who penned the widely praised The Joker, along with Malcolm Spellman, who wrote episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and is set to write Captain America: New World Order, and screenwriter Matt Mixon.
Of course, we’ve heard all this before, but this time around, will we finally see that much-hyped Spawn movie?
The Toddfather has been teasing a new movie for his Image creation for years. He first started talking about wanting a horror-centric story with himself behind the camera. Whispers of Foxx suiting up as Al Simmons/Spawn began to surface. Things went quiet for a while before announcing that he and Blumhouse would team to bring Spawn back to the big screen. Before long, Jeremy Renner was attached to play either Sam or Twitch in both the movie and a possible spinoff series. It seemed that after the dreadful 1997 film, Spawn fans were finally getting what they’d always hoped to see. In a snap, it all disappeared.
Just when it looked like an R-rated Spawn flick was imminent, McFarlane broke the news that he and Blumhouse had parted ways. While no specific details were given, McFarlane explained that it came down to creative differences. He had a vision for what a Spawn movie should be, and he wasn’t willing to compromise on that. Although the news was disappointing, you have to respect McFarlane for holding steady to his vision.
Meanwhile, I’m over here just wanting the animated Todd McFarlane’s Spawn to suddenly rise from the ashes. I don’t care who plays Al Simmons in a potential movie; Keith David will always be the voice of Spawn.
In light of McFarlane’s latest news, it should spur the market for Spawn #1, but there’s definitely a ceiling for those prices given the volume of high-grade copies on the market. Since we’ve been down this road before with the McFarlane/Blumhouse deal, it’s a solemn reminder that there are no guarantees. That being said, don’t get carried away in the moment and vastly overspend on a comic that’s not hard to find.