It seems like we’re constantly in limbo over the status of Todd McFarlane’s planned Spawn, which will star Jamie Foxx. In 2015, a new reboot was announced in which McFarlane would write the film and make his directorial debut on the project. The film is being filmed at Blumhouse, but has faced numerous delays since its original announcement. McFarlane remains confident that the film will be made and teases that a big Spawn movie announcement will be made later this year at New York Comic-Con.
Screen Rant hosted MacFarlane at their San Diego Comic-Con media center and was asked if he had any updates on his planned Spawn movie. The comic book legend did confirm that the pandemic has exacerbated the delays that have hit the project, but he also said they are moving forward with the reboot.
Created by Todd McFarlane, Spawn is a comic book first published in 1992 by Image Comics and, as of 2019, is the longest-running creator-owned comic book series. A film adaptation was made in 1997, starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo, but it was met with generally poor reviews and underwhelming box office performance.
McFarlane has expressed a desire to make an R-rated Spawn reboot after the film’s disappointing 1997 release. The reboot finally gained momentum when Jamie Foxx signed on to the film in 2018, and it was also announced that Jason Blum would be producing, with MacFarlane taking over writing and directing duties. The reboot is said to take on a different tone than the original film and be more in the horror genre. According to MacFarlane, the film will become “dark” and “ugly” with less fun and more serious and supernatural elements. MacFarlane has been fairly secretive about the script and plot, except for saying it’s not an origin story.