No official plot yet.
No official plot yet.
- Jeremy Renner has joined the cast as Detective ‘Twitch’ Williams, who aids Spawn in the real world. Producer Jason Blum was quoted saying: "Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character."
- Actor Jamie Foxx has been pursuing the role of Spawn for some time now and it's now official: he is the new Spawn. Todd McFarlane followed up the announcement saying the following: “There are five or six moments where I’m going to need things from my actors, and a couple of them have to come from Jamie, and I’ve seen him deliver them onscreen. He gets into a zone, with body language and a look that basically will say way more than anything i could type on a piece of paper, and this movie is going to need those moments. And in the odd moment where he has to deliver a line that’s short, curt and has impact, he can do it in a way that makes you go, ‘Whoa, I don’t want to mess with that guy. What a badass.'” Adding... “Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it. I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script, you sort of plug people in, and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him. When I got done and my agents and everybody was talking about what actor, I said, I’m going to Jamie first and until he says no I don’t want to think about anyone else because I’ve never had anyone else in my head. Luckily, he hadn’t forgotten either. I said, ‘Hey, I’m back to talk about Spawn again, and he was like, let’s do it.'” On the movie McFarlane said the following: “The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk. It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that. At the end of the movie, I’m hoping that the audience will say either, is this a ghost that turns into a man, or is it a man that turns into a ghost? I’ve got a trilogy in mind here, and I’m not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story. I’m mentally exhausted from origin stories. Luckily, there’s a movie that just came out that helps my cause. In A Quiet Place, the first thing on screen is a card in black and white letters that says Day 89. It doesn’t care about what happened in those first 88 days. There are a couple headlines, but then we are on day 450. That movie doesn’t worry about explaining and giving all the answers. What it said in that case was, if you can hang on for a story of survival of this family, this movie will make complete sense for you.” (5/29/18)
- Todd McFarlane gave a brief update and once again spoke about his approach with the film recently, saying: "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." Adding... "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. " (1/8/18)
- According to Todd McFarlane pre-production will begin after Christmas, with filming aimed to begin sometime in February. He goes on to say that the film will be R-rated, but not "R-rated like Deadpool with a couple F-bombs and a couple bare asses." Adding.. "It’s going to be dark. I will have a shark in black water and if you’re swimming he will come and you’ll be gone and he will fuck you up." (10/5/17)
- Todd McFarlane spoke more about the project, revealing some new details, like how Spawn won't be the lead character in the film, saying: "There's two big roles in the script. There's obviously sort of Spawn himself, although in a weird way it's not the biggest role, and then there's the cop. The cop is this character Twitch who's been there since issue #1. Twitch is the role in this one, and I sort of refer to him as my sheriff Brody, who is the sheriff in the Jaws movie. Although it was called Jaws, Jaws didn't really talk a lot in his movie, right? He just kind of showed up at the opportune time to make the movie worthwhile." Adding... "It was sheriff Brody, the humans talking, chasing the fantastical thing that sort of made the movie, and to me, there's that element. Everything else is normal in this story other than (gesture) the shadow moves, and at times even when it moves, the cop just sort of thinks he's losing his mind so he doesn't even trust that the shadow's moving. If you're a bad guy, then this thing is going to come and it's going to get you."
- Todd McFarlane announced via Facebook that he's signed a deal with Blumhouse, who will help produce an R-rated Spawn. This also likely means that they've agreed to let Todd helm the pic, which is one of the stipulations that Todd required when looking for the right studio. He seems pretty confident that things will be moving fast from the post, so there will probably be more updates on the project soon. (7/21/17)
- Todd McFarlane had an interview with SyFy Wire where he offers another update. Apparently he's still looking for the right studio to back the project, but he wants to write, produce, and direct, which is a problem for the studio, so that's essentially what's keeping from things moving forward. Here's what he had to say: "So I’m going, I’m not selling it but if you want to see the rough draft, I’ll send it to you. But just so everybody knows, I write, produce, direct, non-negotiable. And if you add a moment's hesitation to that, we have to end this conversation right now." He goes on to say that he's written a script with a $10-million budget in mind. (7/7/17)
- Todd McFarlane gave another update in a recent interview, saying: "It's slowly moving forward, just trying to put all the pieces together both from an artistic and a financial. The intent is trying to finance as much as possible internally and then finding partners who will help in the production of it as we move forward. I can argue getting the money might be harder than getting everybody signed off on the story. What I can tell you is what I've told everybody else: it will be a definite R. I'm not going for the same crowd that Marvel and DC is going for; I'm going for the same crowd that horror film releases going for. People who want to take their boyfriend or girlfriend or go out with the girls and go to the movies and get spooked." (12/6/16)
- Todd McFarlane gave a brief update on the project, where he revealed the approach he was aiming for with the new movie, saying: "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. The world's going to be real, except for one thing that's going to move. You're never going to see a dude in a rubber suit....This is going to be my Jaws shark." He is apparently working on a new draft of the script: "I've finished the script, and I'm in the process of editing. It's 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it's going to end up being about 140, because I'm putting in details for myself." (9/17/16)
- It's said that the film would utilize more practical effects than CG.
- Todd McFarlane had this to say about the new Spawn: "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."
- Todd McFarlane once said that the film wasn't going to be "a giant budget with a lot of special effects; it's going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one."
- Todd McFarlane is planning this to be the start of a trilogy.
- Budgeted between an estimated $10-million to $12-million.
- Michael Jai White once expressed interest in returning as Spawn.
- This movie is a reboot and will ignore the 1997 film.
- Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has been trying to get a new Spawn movie off the ground since 1998, when it was originally going to be a sequel that was rumored to focus on the detective characters "Sam and Twitch." Eventually the sequel idea was dropped and Todd has been working on this "reboot" for years.