After years of talk surrounding Todd McFarlane’s Spawn getting another shot at the big screen, it’s finally happening. McFarlane took to Facebook Live at San Diego Comic Con, alongside Kevin Smith, to announce that a contract has been signed with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions to produce a brand new R-rated Spawn film.
Blumhouse Productions is the company that has been behind a slew of successful horror films over the last decade including Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Sinister, Split and Get Out.
Previously Spawn took to the big screen in 1997, starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo, and the film was a moderate success but also gained a lot of negative reviews from critics over the years.
Created by McFarlane in 1992, the character description on McFarlane’s website reads:
Al Simmons, once the U.S. government’s greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. A Hellspawn. Now Spawn must choose between his life on Earth and his place on a throne in Hell.
McFarlane previously announced in May that the first draft of a script had been completed. There is no given timetable on when the film might be released.