Todd McFarlane, co-founder of Image Comics and comic book artist/writer, has been trying to develop a “Spawn” reboot for years now. The original film came out in 1997 and was directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé (director of “Frankenfish”) and starred Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, and Martin Sheen. The film was a moderate success bringing in nearly $88 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, but it was torn apart by critics and fans alike. Bearing a lousy 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, RT says that the film “is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.”
The funny thing is the last we heard about the new version of Spawn was around the time “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was released. Four years later and with another Wolverine film currently in theaters (“The Wolverine”), McFarlane is again making the rounds with more news about a new “Spawn” film.
- To recap what McFarlane has said about the reboot thus far, he had the opportunity to make a big budget blockbuster but went the indie route to have more creative control. He said he wanted to create a film that his teenage daughters and their dates could get into, that the film will draw influence from “The Departed,” “Jaws,” and “The Godfather,” the film will be R-rated and “creepy and scary,” and McFarlane wants Leonardo DiCaprio for a lead role that isn’t Spawn.
- As of February of 2013, McFarlane was still working on the script. Without ever revealing the actor’s name, McFarlane also revealed that an Oscar-winning actor had been in constant contact with him insisting on playing the title character of Spawn. Many speculated that the actor was Cuba Gooding Jr.
- During San Diego Comic-Con while doing press for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Jamie Fox revealed a couple of his dream roles. “‘Spawn’ is one, yeah. And Mike Tyson. Those are two roles I would just love to do,” he said. “I’m aggressively pursuing them!” Could Jamie Foxx be the new Spawn? McFarlane’s quote from earlier this year is also intriguing:
“I continue writing pages here and there. I have a guy waiting in the sidelines, an Academy Award-winning actor. Every three weeks he’s on the phone going, ‘Todd, where’s the script? Todd, where’s the script?’ I can’t say who it is. He came out to the office. He gave me his pitch, and I gave him mine. The pitch I gave was that we could do ten of these for the next ten years and he wouldn’t have to be 22 for the rest of his life.”
Other than his performance in “Django Unchained,” Jamie Foxx has been rather disappointing as of late and doesn’t really seem like he could slide into the Al Simmons/Spawn role very easily. Cuba Gooding Jr seems like a more reasonable choice. Idris Elba and Djimon Hounsou have also been thrown around, which also seem like good choices; Elba especially. What about Terrence Howard or even Dwayne Johnson? Johnson has proven that he can help inject life into deteriorating franchises. He could be just what the “Spawn” reboot needs to become a true hit. In the meantime, it’s all just a pipedream. Until McFarlane decides it’s ready to go into production, “Spawn” is nothing more than wishful thinking.
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