The Spawn film is in “very, very active development” says Jason Blum, despite the ongoing writers’ strike.
Perhaps it’s low-hanging fruit, but if there’s a film that’s tonally perfect for development hell, it’s Spawn. The comic book adaptation features a host of demonic characters whilst the beloved titular character is a Hellspawn, sent back from the realm of fire and brimstone after making a deal with the devil.
Whilst the comic book version of Spawn emerges from Hell within the first issue (if we recall correctly, it’s been a few decades), it’s taking the film adaptation much, much longer to escape the Hollywood version. Jamie Foxx was attached at one point, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane was announced as the project’s writer and director around 2017 but here in 2023, the involvement of both men seems reduced and the project still doesn’t have a finished script. Oh, and there’s a writers’ strike to contend with now as well.
Last we heard, back in October of last year, Scott Silver, the writer behind Joker, Malcolm Spellman, the creator of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier and emerging writer Matt Mixon all joined the Spawn project to create a fresh script which is currently situated at Blumhouse.
Blumhouse head honcho, Jason Blum has offered a fresh update on all things Spawn and although progress still seems to be slow, he’s keen to reassure fans that the film is still moving forwards:
“I would say you have a lot to hope for because it’s in very very active development,” Blum told ComicBook.com, adding, “what needs to happen is that my fellow friends the writers and the studios need to figure out their differences and get back to writing, but we’ve got a great group of folks putting it together, and my hope is that that movie — my prediction is maybe we’ll actually see a Spawn movie in ’25. No promises, but that’s my prediction.”
So there you go. Let’s wait and see how accurate Blum’s prediction is but given the project’s tortured history, we wouldn’t get too hung up on that 2025 release date.
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