Todd McFarlane has been trying to get his Spawn reboot off the ground for years, constantly dishing on story details, tone and updates on the script. He has been adamant about getting a chance to do the character right, but he’s hit stumbling block after stumbling block, one of which is his insistence that he direct, which apparently the dozen or so previously interested parties were not crazy about:
“And when I give the pitch, I also say that I will write and direct it. There’s the nonnegotiable pieces of it.”
But after all of that, it appears that he’s finally found a production house amenable to his demands.
Yesterday, McFarlane announced that he is officially writing and directing the reboot and that Blumhouse Productions is partnering with him to produce!
Jason Blum of Blumhouse had this to say:
“Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd’s unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film.”
McFarlane has continuously stated that the film will be an R-rated, urban-psychological story, described as a cross between Paranormal Activity and The Departed, with Spawn’s presence likened to that of Jaws or Alien. That’s a far cry from the 1997 CGI-heavy dark fantasy film starring Michael Jai White.He previously had this to say about Spawn’s characterization this time around:
“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.”
Fans have been onboard with the approach for the last 6 or 7 years, so it’s good that Blumhouse was able to see that and trust McFarlane’s vision. Check back here for more information on this project as it becomes available.