So many heroes have had their capes held up in production cogs just waiting to break free, but none more so than the anti-heroic shape-shifting one belonging to 90s hardcase from hell, Spawn. Creator Todd McFarlane has continued to wave the flag that his vengeful icon sent back from Hell to pass judgement will be seeing the big screen again by way of Jamie Foxx and now, producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions is helping to stoke the fire as well.
For those not well versed in the history of McFarlane’s green-eyed-monster, Spawn originally went by the name of Albert Francis Simmons, a former marine and experienced assassin, who after being killed in a double-cross, is sent to Hell for his sins. There he cuts a deal with the devil to take the mantle of Hellspawn where he is stripped of the memories of his former life. Returning to the mortal world, Simmons unleashes incredibly gory justice as the servant of Satan while trying to piece together his former life and those that took it from him.
In an interview with ComicBook.com for The Invisible Man, Blum was asked for an update on the long-awaited adaptation and revealed that Spawn is getting closer than ever in making his way back from the underworld. Keeping very tight-lipped on just how far things have come, Blum explained…
“No new news that I’m going to reveal here, I’m sorry to tell you, but the title Spawn, I’ve been uttering that word a lot in the last two or three weeks and we’ll have more news to come, but, suffice it to say, it is a very active development. I wanna make the movie so badly, I wouldn’t put that past myself, and it’s an excellent question, but in this case, I’ve actually been talking to other people about it, but there’s been a seismic event on Spawn.”ComicBook.com
Any event is better than no event when it comes to this particular project, given the various hurdles it’s had to go through. McFarlane announced a Spawn movie was on the way as far back as 2015, with a whopping script being put together that he intended to direct himself, which was confirmed in 2017. It would be a year later that Jamie Foxx’s name was thrown into the ring as taking the lead role, originally played by Michael Jai White in the 1997 iteration. Jeremy Renner was then in talks to play a supporting role as Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams, one of the few allies to Spawn from the mortal world. Both have been fairly quiet on the project’s development ever since.
Given the success of R-rated superhero properties like Deadpool, Joker and even Reelgood favourite, TV take The Boys, it would be understandable that Blumhouse are wanting to get this going as soon as possible. What’ll be just as interesting is how the film will come to life on the budget that McFarlane previously pegged at $10-to-$12 million. Doing so would fit in with Blumhouse’s standard route of making a low-budget horror and earning big as a result.
Whatever the price tag, let’s just hope we Spawn a lot sooner rather than later.