Todd McFarlane‘s upcoming cinematic reboot of Spawn has just crawled out of development hell.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Silver (Joker), Malcolm Spellman (Captain America: New World Order), and rising scribe Matt Mixon will collaborate on a new script for the upcoming comic book film, which has been in development at Blumhouse since 2017.
Jamie Foxx is still set to play the titular antihero while Jeremy Renner, who was previously attached, is reportedly waiting on a new script before making a final decision. McFarlane was initially hoping to direct the new Spawn film, but it looks like he’s changed his mind, telling THR:
“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.”
Spellman, who has already left his mark on the comic book genre with the 2021 Disney+ limited series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, has admitted to being a big Spawn fan. Here’s his quote:
“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.”
No word yet on when production might begin on Spawn, but my best bet would be the end of 2023 if things continue to progress at a smooth pace.
What are your thoughts on the guys behind Joker and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier scripting the new Spawn film?