Blumhouse and Todd McFarlane are still trying to get that long-awaited Spawn movie made and they just hired a team of new writers to work on the script.
That new team of writers includes Scott Silver (Joker), Malcolm Spellman (Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: New World Order), and rising scribe Matt Mixon. That’s quite a strong team of writing talent.
It’s also been revealed that Jamie Foxx is still attached to star in the film as Spawn. As for Jeremy Renner’s involvement as Twitch, that will be determined depending on how things come together with the new draft of the script.
McFarlane has been looking to direct the film and he wrote a previous draft of the script. But, he also acknowledges he may not be the right person to helm the film saying:
“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? The answer is, ‘of course.’ Let’s keep the momentum going.”
Makes sense! While I know McFarlane really wants to direct this movie, chances are there’s a super talented director that will be a much better fit to take it on and bring this story to life. It’s good to see that McFarlane acknowledges that.
Spellman shared in a statement: “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 bullshit, 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.”
In the comics, Spawn is a former black-ops agent who makes a deal with a demon after being betrayed and killed. The demon allows him to return to Earth, but when he returns, five years have passed, his wife has moved on, and he roams Earth as a disfigured spawn of hell.
McFarlane has quite the vision for this film, and I hope that one day it actually gets made. As a longtime fan of Spawn, I would love to see this movie get made!