Spawn Reboot Could Start Filming in 2014; Expect More Horror/Thriller Than Superhero

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6f3215228ba421fa960ceb0398af1cfdI could be wrong, but it seems like we’ve been expecting a reboot on Todd McFarlane’s dark and brooding Spawn character for some time now. The last time we saw him on film was way back in 1997, a time when comic book movies weren’t the norm and any film in the genre had an uphill battle to fight. Unfortunately, the film fell victim to that battle. At the time, comic fans loved the film, but it hasn’t aged well and they’ve been begging for a newer, modern take on Spawn. McFarlane has been working on a new film for some time now, and the progress has been slow. The writer, who is also expected to direct the film, is in the process of tying up some loose ends on the project in order to begin production early next year and has recently spoken with The Gate to give an update on the progress and why it’s taken so long to complete.

“The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it. Everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.’”

No doubt he’s got a full plate right now. As I just mentioned, they are hoping to get working on the film so it can hit theaters in the already crowded 2015 movie year. However, this reboot won’t be your typical massive blockbuster superhero film we’re so used to seeing these days; quite the opposite actually. As can be expected with Spawn, McFarlane plans to keep the tone of the film darker, and stick with more of a horror/thriller look and feel rather than the traditional comic book movie.

“I think it’s a quick shoot. It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects, it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year.”

I think this is the correct approach for a character like this and I hope that Gutierrez does the same thing with his planned reboot of The Crow. The focus needs to be more on the characters rather that the over-the-top special effects. So, what about casting? Several times over the last six or so months, we’ve heard the name of a certain Oscar-winning actor being tossed around, as recently as last July, when Jamie Foxx, who recently wrapped on filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, stated quite clearly that he wants to play Spawn, and he is actively persuing the role. McFarlane seems to be on the same boat, saying that he’s met with some Academy-award winning actors for the role.

“We’ve had some big names […] come into the office and go, ‘We want to be in it.’ Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes,’ and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going.’ So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”

At this point, I’d be pretty shocked if this film didn’t star Jamie Foxx in the lead role. It seems fairly evident that both parties are up for it. Not to say that other actors could be up for the role, but the evidence is there. The producers of the film are wanting a final script by the end of 2013, so I think we can expect that early 2014 production date to be pretty solid. We’ll kepp you updated as we hear more info on this news. Be sure to keep checking back for updates!

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Source : The Gate