New $10M Spawn Film Coming, Financed By Todd McFarlane
Has it really been twenty whole years since Spawn hit theaters? Regardless of your opinions on the 1997 Spawn movie, creator Todd McFarlane aims to re-introduce the popular anti-hero in a new film — and he’s the one footing the bill! “I’m spending my own money so who cares if it doesn’t work out. It’s a $10 million budget movie, and a studio would just get a 22-year-old punk director. I just want to be the old punk directing it.” The legendary artist and co-founder of Image Comics won’t be alone in re-establishing the Spawn brand, Jason Blum and his studio Blumhouse, will be also be along as producers for the film. Notable for movies such as the Paranormal Activity series, as well as Sleight, Split, and Get Out, Blumhouse have always shown an appreciation for genre films. Spawn, however seeks to evoke a different feel entirely than what came before.
“The first movie, let’s just categorize it very simplistic — it was a PG-13, action superhero movie. Mine will be a dark, ‘R,’ supernatural thriller. So again, not a superhero movie that’s ‘R,’ like Logan or Deadpool… There’s only one thing that’s going to out of the ordinary, and that’s Spawn.”
The original 1997 film, Spawn debuted in the United States on August 1st, and starred Michael Jai-White (The Toxic Avenger Part II, Arrow, Black Dynamite) in the first feature-film based on a comic book series featuring an African-American in the lead role. The movie finished its run, making $87 million worldwide, from its production budget of $40 million. HBO also aired an animated series in the late 90’s based on the popular comic. With a budget one-quarter that of the first movie, and independent heavy-hitters like Blumhouse on board, things look to be all set for Al Simmons to make a grand re-introduction to the world at large.
Though no cast has been officially announced, Todd McFarlane plans on directing the film, with pre-production beginning after Christmas, and filming set to begin in February 2018. McFarlane will also be recording the journey and presenting live, daily updates via his Facebook page.
Who would you cast in the lead role? Which supporting characters would you like to show up? Should Michael Jai-White be considered for a cameo? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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