Spawn (upcoming film)
|Directed by||Todd McFarlane|
|Written by||Todd McFarlane|
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Spawn is an upcoming American horror film in the superhero genre written and directed by Todd McFarlane, in his directorial debut. It is based on the Image Comics character of the same name and is the second live-action film to focus on the character, acting as a reboot to the 1997 film of the same name. Jamie Foxx is set to star as Albert "Al" Simmons / Spawn, with Jeremy Renner as Maximilian "Twitch" Williams III.
The film has been in development hell since 1998 where it was initially conceived as a sequel to the 1997 film starring Michael Jai White, with a primary focus on the detective characters Sam and Twitch, and with Spawn being planned to serve as a background character. Producer Don Murphy signed onto the project in 2001. After languishing in development hell, McFarlane completed his script in 2016 and partnered with Blumhouse Productions, who supported his intention to write and direct the film. Even though the film is still searching for a distributor, filming was expected to commence in February and June 2019, but was expected to start in 2020.
- Jamie Foxx as Albert "Al" Simmons / Spawn: a former United States Marine turned government assassin who is murdered and becomes a demonic Hellspawn after making a deal with Malebolgia.
- Jeremy Renner as Maximilian "Twitch" Williams III: a brilliant mathematician and shooting prodigy, Twitch is a dedicated detective with an ability to handle twin pistols with extreme accuracy and efficiency.
In 2007, McFarlane Funding announced development of a new feature film adaptation of the character, titled Spawn, scheduled for release in 2008. During an interview on the Scott Ferrall show on Sirius radio, McFarlane said: "It's coming out no matter what. Even if I have to produce, direct and finance it myself, it's going to come out."
McFarlane announced on August 23, 2009 that he had begun writing the screenplay for a new movie based on the character, saying that "The story has been in my head for 7 or 8 years", that "The movie idea is neither a recap or continuation. It is a standalone story that will be R-rated. Creepy and scary", and that "the tone of this Spawn movie will be for a more older audience. Like the film The Departed." Michael Jai White said in July 2011 that he was interested in returning to the role, expressing his support for McFarlane's film. In July 2013, Jamie Foxx said he was "aggressively pursuing" the Spawn reboot. In August 2013, McFarlane discussed his progress with the script, stating that the film would be "more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one".
In February 2016, McFarlane announced he had completed the film's script. In July 2017, Blumhouse Productions confirmed their involvement with the film, while announcing that McFarlane had also signed on to direct the project. The movie was expected to begin production by February 2018. In May 2018, it was announced that Jamie Foxx would portray the titular character. In July 2018, it was reported that Jeremy Renner would be starring alongside Foxx as Detective Twitch. In September 2018, Greg Nicotero and KNB EFX Group were hired to create the special effects for the film. On October 25, 2018, the filming start date was delayed to June 2019.
In November 2019, the film restarted development due to the financial success of the R-rated comic book film Joker. In December 2019, McFarlane hired an additional writer to help polish the script, before presenting it to a major Hollywood studio. In February 2020, McFarlane announced that production news on the film will be revealed in March. Later that month, an Academy Award-winning screenwriter departed the film, due to scheduling conflicts. In May 2020, the film's producer Jason Blum revealed that "There has been an enormous amount of activity on Spawn. No new news that I'm going to reveal here, I'm sorry to tell you, but the title 'Spawn,' I've been uttering that word a lot in the last two or three weeks and we'll have more news to come. But, suffice it to say, it is in very active development."
In April 2020, it was announced that McFarlane will be producing a live-action Spawn television series, serving as a spin-off to the film.
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