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1992 saw the launch of Image Comics' Spawn from creator Todd McFarlane. The very first issue became an instant collectible in the early 90's. 1997 brought us the feature film SPAWN which starred Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo.
There has been talk of a SPAWN reboot for a good while now and writer/director Todd McFarlane previously said that he wanted to use practical effects and that the film will indeed be rated R and produced by Blumhouse.
When recently asked by AZ Central if he was nervous about directing his first film, Mcfarlane replied:
“Intellectually should I be? Yes. Am I? No. I'm not 24. I'm in my 50s. I'll get good people surrounding me. I've had this idea in my brain for a decade, and I've directed it a thousand times and have clarity on what I want to do...And storyboard wise, I'm here and will draw it for you. If I can't see it, I can draw it.”
On how this SPAWN will be very traumatic:
“We don't want to muddy the waters. It's R-rated. Not like "Deadpool," where there was just a couple F-bombs and a naked butt. Not like "Logan" either...We're talking trauma, true trauma, as serious as possible.”
He then spoke about production on the film:
“We just signed off on the script, and are going into budgeting. We're also having our casting meeting...It will be dark and heavy, serious, R-rated. It won't be a superhero movie. I don't think most people would categorize it as that. It will be a supernatural thriller, like a lot of good creep movies. The only thing in the movie that's fantastic is Spawn, and anything else is otherwise normal.”
McFarlane went on to compare SPAWN to JAWS:
“I like to explain that it's my "Jaws." Spawn doesn't say a word the entire movie, and it's the same way with "Jaws." It's about the sheriff and the people, chasing the ghost. That's it...The lead role isn’t Spawn, the lead role is a cop, like Sheriff Brody from "Jaws." I think we can hook a fairly significant actor that we want. Unlike a superhero movie, we wouldn't need an actor to put on prosthetic (makeup) or go to the gym. We just need him to act.”
There has been previous talk of Jamie Foxx possibly taking on the titular role. Only time will tell as to who will be wearing the mask, and we will continue to bring you the very latest on the upcoming SPAWN reboot as it moves forward.
Todd McFarlane & Blumhouse's SPAWN will begin filming next month.