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Live-Action SPAWN Reboot Back on Track with New Screenwriter?

Posted by Josh Millican on August 16, 2021 SPAWN reboot Must Be Rated R - Live-Action SPAWN Reboot Back on Track with New Screenwriter?

Spawn Creator Todd McFarlane’s efforts to bring a new R-Rated Spawn reboot to the big screen has been epic. Even before the pandemic threw everything into question, McFarlane has clearly grown frustrated over the project’s lack of significant progress (in spite of massive interest from fans and critics). Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx was once attached to play the title role and McFarlane once even suggested he would turn to crowdfunding to get the film made, if necessary.

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Now, we’re getting word that McFarlane, who is still attached to direct a new Spawn for Blumhouse, is passing the screenwriting duties off to a new scribe: Brian Tucker (Broken City). THR reports:

The project has been percolating since 2017 and, at one point, had Jamie Foxx attached to star as the titular character and Jeremy Renner as a detective nicknamed Twitch. However, because time has passed since their initial boarding, it is unclear if the actors are still involved. Insiders say they could be re-approached after a script is written. McFarlane wrote the initial script which attracted the actors.

Hopefully, Spawn will move from development limbo onto the Fast Track! Time will tell, but we’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned and check back often for all of your Spawn-related news updates!

Related Article: Greg Nicotero Talks “Down and Dirty” Blumhouse Reboot of SPAWN

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Greg Nicotero Talks “Down and Dirty” Blumhouse Reboot of SPAWN

Posted by Josh Korngut on July 23, 2021 spawn main - Greg Nicotero Talks "Down and Dirty" Blumhouse Reboot of SPAWN

Horror icon Greg Nicotero knows gore. He’s recently been hands-on for brutal horror properties like The Walking Dead and Shudder’s Creepshow. He’s also the founder of the practical design house KNB EFX Group. Recently Nicotero teased his involvement in the forthcoming Blumhouse reboot of Spawn.

The Makeup Master told ComicBook.com Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is adamant about the project going forward with horror hub Blumhouse. While news on the latest iteration is bare, Nicotero still seems sure it’s going to be an R-rated romp.

Here’s what he had to share:

We have designs … [McFarlane] came in, and he said, ‘Look, we’re doing this thing, and it’s going to be low budget, and it’s kind of down and dirty. And I want it to feel more like the animated show [Todd McFarlane’s Spawn], where it’s like Spawn meets David Fincher.’ He wanted to do this kind of gritty down and dirty thing. And so, we did a lot of concept work here. We did a bunch of design busts and a lot of really, really cool stuff. And then it kind of stalled.

Nicotero continued by saying:

Every once in a while, I’ll reach out and go, ‘Hey,’ I’ll look at the busts in my office and be like, ‘Hey, Todd, what’s going on with this? Are we ever going to make this?’ Because I’m really in love with the design work we did. Look, I hope it will happen. I know he’s very passionate about it. And look, if you really think about Spawn, Todd McFarland was way ahead of his time, man, way out of his time in terms of what he did with that character. I really do feel that there’s a world where there’s a great Spawn movie out there.

Even though a cast is in place, there’s no guarantee that a new Spawn film will see the light of day. While ages ago, the 1997 Spawn was a box office failure and spooked Hollywood away from the property. Can Blumhouse turn things around for McFarland? Time will tell…

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Celebrate Spawn’s 25th Anniversary With a Director’s Cut of #1

Posted by David Gelmini on May 16, 2017

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn has now been around for a quarter of a century, and we’re getting a Director’s Cut Edition of #1 to celebrate.

From the Press Release:
In celebration of the Hellspawn’s silver anniversary, a special Director’s Cut Edition of SPAWN #1 by comics legend and Image Comics President, Todd McFarlane, will hit stores this week. The Director’s Cut includes the original artboards of SPAWN #1, commentary from McFarlane himself on each page, and bonus, never-before-seen art.

The SPAWN #1 25th Anniversary Director’s Cut will feature original art board pages from Spawn issue #1, with three cover variations, showcasing art from McFarlane, Ashley Wood, and Clayton Crain. This special anniversary edition hits comic stores on Wednesday, May 17th, and will have a retail price of $4.99.

“Seeing all that came from Spawn is pretty incredible,” said McFarlane. “I enjoyed going back and working on SPAWN #1 again, and am excited to share the thought process of how Spawn came to be with the fans. They are the ones that really helped us reach 25 years and hopefully continue on for lots more!”

In the summer of 1992, famed comic book artist Todd McFarlane shook up the industry when he unleashed his very own comic creation, SPAWN to the world. Published by the newly formed Image Comics, the debut issue of SPAWN would also be the very first publication for the company co-founded by McFarlane himself. 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of SPAWN—which sold 1.7 million copies in its debut year and is currently on issue #275, keeping pace to become the longest running independent comic ever when it reaches issue #301.

The inaugural issue of SPAWN began the saga of Al Simmons who was once the U.S. government’s greatest soldier and most effective assassin. Mercilessly executed by his own men, Simmons was resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, he was reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. Now Al Simmons is locked on Earth fighting the evil that is locked with him. Unable to save the love of his life, Wanda, he makes it his mission to save her daughter, Cyan.

For more information about SPAWN fans can visit http://www.mcfarlane.com.

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Todd McFarlane Gives an Update on His Spawn Script

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on May 7, 2017

Todd McFarlane seems pretty damn gung ho about directing his own Spawn live-action adaptation, a film that he says will be, “…more into [the] horror/suspense/supernatural genre.” McFarlane also wants to make it as a lower-budget film, although I’m guessing it will still need at least a few million to get the tone and atmosphere right. Plus, no matter how the script is written, there are going to be CGI/practical FX heavy scenes required. That’s simply the nature of Spawn.

The last update we heard was about two months ago, which you can read by clicking the above link. However, McFarlane decided to give another update this past week, this time about the script and the work he’s done to trim it down. He explains that with a typical Hollywood script, one page is equivalent to one minute of screen time. Since his original script was over 180 pages, that would’ve made for a film that would’ve been over three hours, which is a rarity, especially when it comes to genre fare. Since then, he’s whittled it down to less than 140 pages and he plans on taking it down even further to aim for a two-hour runtime.

The tighter McFarlane can get his script, the more likely it is that he’ll be able to secure funding. For now, all we can do is wait and hope that the stars align!

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Injustice 2 Gets a Villain Showcase Trailer; Spawn Likely to Appear and Robert Englund Possibly Voicing Scarecrow

Posted by David Gelmini on March 30, 2017

DC Comics have given us some weird and wonderful villains over their 83 year history, several of whom are featured in the new Injustice 2 trailer. Some of the worst that DC has to offer will be playable, including Scarecrow, Captain Cold, Bane, and Gorilla Grodd.

The best part? According to IMDb, Robert Englund will voice Scarecrow in the game. Now, before you get too excited, keep in mind that IMDb has been known to be wrong in the past, and there don’t appear to be any other sources confirming England’s involvement thus far, but that sure as hell sounded like him at 1:02 the trailer. One has to wonder why NetherRealm didn’t also get him to voice Freddy Krueger for the character’s appearances in Mortal Kombat IX and X.

On the other hand, although he hasn’t been officially confirmed and he doesn’t belong to DC, director Ed Boon pretty much admitted in a series of tweets (see them here, here, and here) that Todd McFarlane’s Spawn will appear as a guest character, so our hype levels are reaching breaking point.

Also featuring Swamp Thing, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, Injustice 2 punches its way into stores on May 16.

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Todd McFarlane Promises Spawn Reboot Will Be “Dark-R”

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on March 6, 2017

Over a year ago, Todd McFarlane stated that he had completed a script for a reboot of Spawn, the comic he created and which saw a movie adaptation 20 years ago. The plan was to make a film that was low-budget so that McFarlane would direct it and to give it a far darker and edgier appearance than what we previously saw.

Speaking with Peel the Orange, he explained, “I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.

At this point, it seemed like we weren’t going to hear anything more and that the project was essentially treading water, neither sinking nor swimming. However, in a new video over on Twitch, McFarlane shows that he’s still 100% committed to a Spawn reboot and that the performances of both Deadpool and Logan are spurring him to go for a “Dark-R” rating.

Mimicking a left-to-right gauge, McFarlane states, “If here’s PG-13 and here’s Deadpool and here’s Logan, we’re going to be here.” The crowd seems to love this idea, which I am in agreement with. There can absolutely be comic book movies aimed at children and teenagers. However, there are countless adults who have grown up with comics for decades and they deserve the chance to see the more violent and visceral stories hit the screen.

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Kevin Smith Developing a Sam and Twitch TV Series

Posted by David Gelmini on February 21, 2017

The 1997 Spawn movie turns 20 in August, which means that we’ve been waiting nearly two entire decades for a sequel/reboot. And although Todd McFarlane’s constantly teasing us, it doesn’t seem to be coming our way anytime soon. However, the franchise will be coming to the small screen, as Deadline reports that none other than Kevin Smith is working with BBC America on a TV series centered around the characters Sam and Twitch.

BBC America president offered the following details about the show in the Deadline interview:

Well, we’ve got some high-profile talent that we have attached to a show that we’re doing. It’s Kevin Smith. We’re super excited about him. Obviously, he is attached to Comic Book Men in the family on AMC. He is attached to write, direct and EP a series based on the Sam And Twitch comic book series for us.

“They were originally introduced in Spawn, and it’s Todd McFarlane’s comic book series about these big-city homicide detectives who face a series of super grizzly crimes that are connected to the occult. Its kind of frightening and sort of gallows humor. It’s, again, procedural, but in a very modern, contemporary way. So each episode is closed ended, although there are certain character-serialized aspects to the storytelling.

Then when asked about when we can expect to see the show, she said the following:

It’s just in development right now. But I bumped into Kevin Smith at Sundance and he is beyond himself excited about this, about the show.

Introduced in Spawn #1 back in 1992, Sam Burke and Maximilian “Twitch” Williams are two no nonsense members of the NYPD who pride themselves on being some of the only honest cops in their department. They later received their own spinoff comic series in addition to appearing in HBO’s animated “Spawn” series and making a brief appearance in the movie (they were the two cops who arrested Jason Wynn at the end), despite the fact that McFarlane wanted them to have a much bigger role.

Sam is usually depicted as being loudmouthed and hugely overweight due to his love of donuts, and has a tendency not to keep his temper on a leash. On the other hand, the small and lanky Twitch is generally seen as having a much more cold and calculating personality. Because of their contrasting appearances and personas, the duo are obviously ripe for comedic material, so I’m stoked to see what Kevin Smith does with them. This is the guy who bought us Jay and Silent Bob, after all.

I’ll admit that this is a story that I thought I’d never write because it seems almost to damn strange to be true, but goddamn I’m excited for this. We’ll definitely be keeping our ears open for any updates on this series.

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Todd McFarlane Offers Another Vague Spawn Reboot Update

Posted by David Gelmini on September 17, 2016

Another day, another piece of Spawn 2 non-news. In an interview with AMC’s “Geeking Out,” Todd McFarlane offered the following:

“The simple answer is yes [regarding a new Spawn film]. It’s not going to be a continuation. It’s not going to be a sequel. Scrub the first movie… It’s going to be a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script. It’s not a nice, polite PG-13…”

So yeah, basically it’s the same thing that he’s been saying for the past several years without any concrete information such as casting or a filming start date. He did also mention that it would utilize practical effects, but that’s also something he’s been saying for a while.

Hopefully we’ll get some solid Spawn reboot news soon.


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Spawn Kills Everyone in New One Shot

Posted by David Gelmini on August 25, 2016

While we wait, and wait, and wait, for the new Spawn movie, and try to ignore the sinking feeling that it probably won’t happen for a long time if at all, Todd McFarlane has at least decided to grace us with an all new tale featuring everyone’s favorite Hellspawn, and it’s not quite what you’d expect.

In Spawn Kills Everyone, Spawn kills, er, everyone. If you’ve read Garth Ennis’ The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe then you probably know what to expect.

McFarlane and J.J. Kirby both wrote this insane (in a good way) story, with Kirby also providing the artwork. Get hold of your digital copy here. Print copies have currently sold out and will be reprinted on September 14th.

He’ll be coming for you too if you don’t grab your copy in time Todd McFarlane, President of Image Comics and creator of SPAWN took the industry by storm with the envelope-pushing parody one-shot SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE! written by McFarlane himself with art by J.J. Kirby. In order to keep up with increased customer demand, Image Comics has fast-tracked SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE! to a second printing.

In SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE! Spawn kills, well… everyone. In this laugh-out-loud satire, Spawn heads to Comic Con and nobody escapes his wrath.

SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE!, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JUL168317) will be available in stores on Wednesday, September 14th. The final order cutoff date for retailers is Monday, August 22nd.

SPAWN #265 (Diamond Code APR160779) hits stores on Wednesday, August 31st.


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Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Reboot Script Has Been Completed

Posted by David Gelmini on February 16, 2016

Believe it or not, the Spawn movie will turn 19 this year. Every so often we hear rumblings of a reboot, but nothing has materialised yet. But something may be stirring soon, as creator Todd McFarlane has now completed a script of around 183 pages, which he will try to trim before sending to studios. He also hopes to keep the film tight and low-budget so that he will have the chance to direct it himself.

Speaking to Peel the Orange, he was also quoted as saying that production could start as early as this year, and that it won’t be another traditional superhero tale, but something much darker:

I’d put it more into horror/suspense/supernatural genre. In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn. Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.

I think they all work because there’s only one thing in the movie that’s not normal. There’s not five things; there’s one thing that’s the boogeyman. So that’ll be Spawn. He’s this thing that just whooshes in, this ghost that moves and will fuck you up if you’re in the wrong place in the wrong time, and the rest of the movie will look real and be this real drama. He’s just this ghost, this thing behind it.

So there you have it. We may be seeing Al Simmons’ story on the big screen again, and sooner than expected. Just don’t cast John Leguizamo as the Clown this time.

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