Todd McFarlane: why the Spawn reboot is struggling to get made

Spawn (1997)
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Jamie Foxx remains attached to the reboot of Spawn, as writer and director Todd McFarlane explains the delays to the movie project.

For many years now, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has been trying to get a new film made of the character. The original movie landed in the late 90s, did some decent box office business, but few would rank it anywhere close to their top ten movies.

McFarlane has in recent years attracted Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner to the reboot, and Jason Blum was involved at one stage too. But primarily, the idea is for McFarlane to pen the screenplay and direct the film, giving him the creative control that he never had first time around.

The problem is that the film, in spite of it being relatively low budget, still seems to go nowhere fast. And chatting to Forbes, McFarlane has explained why things haven’t quite gone to plan so far.

“I wrote the first draft of the screenplay. If I’d done my job and written a screenplay that mattered, that would have sold it. I’m culpable on that end to start with”, he explained.

He added that “then there’s the fear and risk on the financing side with a first time writer, first time director. That’s why I went to get Jason Blum to produce, and attached Jamie and Jeremy– to add the quality to it”.

He added that contrary to earlier reports, Foxx hasn’t departed the project and remains enthusiastic for it. Furthermore, McFarlane remains insistent that this should be a feature and not a TV show.

Still no word yet on when it’s going to press forward, though. But it seems very clear that come hell or high water, McFarlane is going to make this happen.

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