Twenty years after the initial release of the film adaptation of Spawn, it’s finally getting the reboot all the other comic adaptations seem to be so fond of. Best part? Comic creator Todd McFarlane wrote the script himself, and will be directing. The brains behind the Spawn comic series revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to filmmaker and comic book nerd Kevin Smith that he’d finished the final draft for a new Spawn film back in February, and that the movie was going into production as his directorial debut.
McFarlane’s new adaptation of the antihero Marine-turned-demon vigilante will brought to the big screen with the help of producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, known for films like Get Out, Split, and the Paranormal Activity series. The choice is logical, considering McFarlane’s determination that the film be “a dark R (rated) movie,” different from any superhero movie already out – dark, gnarly, and gritty, with minimal special effects. This will also mark Blumhouse’s first time taking on a comic book adaptation, keeping in with McFarlane’s assertion that the film keep away from traditional superhero film tropes.
Spawn follows the journey of Al Simmons, a highly trained Force Recon Marine betrayed and murdered by his best friend Bruce Stinson, who was hired by supervillain Jason Wynn, and sent to Hell for his crime of knowingly killing innocents. Upon arrival, he makes a deal with the evil entity Malebolgia in exchange for his soul, for a chance to return to his wife Wanda. But he’s sent as a demonic creature with few memories of his mortal life, battling angels and demons alike, before realizing that he no longer belongs in Wanda’s world – and instead, turns to vigilante justice, rather than be consumed by revenge.
First-phase production on the film is slated to start (according to McFarlane) as early as next week.