For fans of Spawn who have been anxiously awaiting word on a new movie, San Diego Comic-Con brings you a gift.
While hanging out on IMDb’s boat at the convention with Kevin Smith, creator Todd McFarlane had a big announcement: producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions are now developing a dark, R-rated Spawn movie. And because Blumhouse is known for doing things low-budget—with titles including the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Purge movies, and more recently Split and Get Out—McFarlane is going to direct the movie himself.
More below, including videos of McFarlane making the announcement and talking about some other stuff as well.
You may be thinking McFarlane is an odd choice to direct, and it is true he has never directed a movie before. But another thing he mentions in the video below many people may not be aware of is, he has directed some music videos before including Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution,” Disturbed’s cover of the Genesis song “Land of Confusion,” and Korn’s “Freak on a Leash,” which won a Grammy for Best Short-Form Music Video.
Here’s the brief press release that accompanied the videos below:
Todd McFarlane and his entertainment division (McFarlane Films) is partnering with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions, the producing force behind recent hits Get Out and Split and The Purge franchise, to develop a feature film around the Spawn comic character created by McFarlane and published by Image Comics.
McFarlane has written the first draft of the screenplay and is set to make his directorial debut in this dark exploration of one of comics’ most popular characters. McFarlane is known for reinventing the look of Spider-Man as well as co-creating the Venom character for Marvel Comics.
“Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd’s unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film.” – Jason Blum
Also in the lengthier of the two videos below, McFarlane mentions something worth noting for those who are not already aware: Kevin Smith is working on his own Spawn project, a spinoff for BBC America revolving around Sam and Twitch, the two detectives who originally appeared in the comics.
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Can't wait to help @Todd_McFarlane bring Spawn back to the big screen his way! Here we go.