It was just last week that Todd McFarlane teased the near arrival of some major Spawn updates, but somehow the wait felt much longer. With all the hype of this latest movie, comic book fans have been waiting with bated breath for some news. Back in 2017, it was announced that McFarlane's 1992 character would be taking to the big screen once again in a modern version of the 1997 movie adaptation. Although the reboot project seemed to come to a halt for a while, new updates suggest it's finally back on track! Here's what we know.
The biggest news is that some of the best screenwriters in the industry have joined the script team, set to revamp the first draft written by McFarlane in 2017. The powerful trio includes Scott Silver (Joker), Malcolm Spellman (Falcon and the Winter Soldier), and Matt Mixon. As previously reported, Jamie Foxx will be taking on the role of the film's antihero. Although Jeremy Renner was attached to McFarlane's 2017 draft, it is unclear whether he will remain a part of this updated script.
The Spawn comics tell the story of a former black-ops agent who was killed. After dying, he made a deal with a demon to return to Earth as a demonic vigilante in exchange for reuniting with his wife. In a recent statement, Spellman discussed his personal connection to the Spawn character. "I grew up in Berkeley, which is a comic book city. Todd McFarlane's Spawn character was always one of my favorites — a Black superhero that was no bulls***, he was cool and dealt with modern issues. Myself, Matt Mixon, and Scott Silver are pledged to honoring what Todd started and what Spawn is at its core, delivering something that's relevant and edgy and unlike any other superhero movie out there."
At the time of the movie's conception, McFarlane was set to take on the director role. However, with these recent developments, he's having second thoughts about leading this now high-powered ship. "If we've got an A-list actor, A-list producers, A-list writers, then do you want to shoot for A-list directors, A-list cinematographers?" he told The Hollywood Reporter. "The answer is, 'Of course.' Let's keep the momentum going." With their sights set on a studio partner, the movie could become the next big-budget blockbuster. We'll have our popcorn ready!