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Will the Spawn Reboot Actually Get Made?

May 25, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

Spawn #1 came on the scene back in May of 1992 and immediately caught on with fans with sales of 1.7 million copies.

Created by Todd McFarlane the series went on to massive popularity while being ranked 60th on Wizard (RIP) magazine’s list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, 50th on Empire magazine’s list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, and 36th on IGN’s 2011 Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Not surprisingly a movie was green lit and Spawn was released in August of 1997 and grossed $87 million worldwide against its production budget of $45 million. Reviews weren’t good but the movie went on to gain a little cult status.

Now, the HBO animated series is awesome but that’s not what were talking about today.

We’re talking about the reboot.

McFarlane spoke with Comic Book and revealed the Spawn reboot is still very much alive but not everyone involved is in agreement on the script.

“The money’s sitting on the sidelines ready to go,” McFarland said. “I just need to get everyone that wants to put in money to shake their heads to the same script. As you can imagine, everyone has a slightly different version of it in their head. You just go and trying to appease a handful of people while not giving in to what it is that I’m trying to do myself. Because if I have to change it too much, I’ll just walk away from it all.”

As you can imagine, fans don’t like hearing that last sentence.

McFarlane is signed on to write and direct the Spawn reboot, which he has gone on record to say that it will be “dark and R-rated,” even going so far as to say that it would be a harder R than Deadpool.

Imagine that.

McFarlane also revealed that the budget for the film will be a rather humble $10-to-$12 million, which isn’t very big for a superhero movie. The project has some big players already signed up with Jamie Foxx onboard to star in the movie alongside the Jeremy Renner.

With the continued surge of superhero movies and their success at the box office, the time is ripe for more independent options make the jump to the big screen.

Spawn especially. It’s a different concept that’s familiar enough for audiences to bond with but has enough of a twist to deliver fresh concepts.

It still has a couple of hurdles to clear but if all are smart, they’ll agree fast and get Spawn back out to the masses.