Spawn, Low-Budget Horror Movie In The Works By Todd McFarlane
Spawn Movie
(Last Updated On: July 22, 2017)

Todd MacFarlane has finally made it happen: he’s working on a new low-budget horror movie based on his comic book character Spawn. He’s teamed up with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions to get the film made, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie site is reporting that McFarlane has already finished the first draft for the script and will also take on the directing duties for the film.

Comic authors turned directors don’t always fare well, and we saw how Frank Miller stepping into the director’s chair did not bode well for his take on The Spirit. Co-directing with Robert Rodriguez on Sin City: A Dame To Kill For also reaped a bag of mixed results.

As a low-budget horror film there’s the possibility that this could end up being something a lot more savvy and passionate than the typical, bloated Hollywood flick. Films like It Follows and the original Evil Dead movies benefited greatly from a lower budget, being able to take risks you oftentimes don’t see in the traditional studio projects.

McFarlane had been talking about doing a movie project for Spawn for ages. So in a way he should have the plot and details of how he wants to shoot the film plotted out in his head. Heck, the only thing he’s missing is the cast – and hopefully he can either get Michael Jai White back or Wesley Snipes, because they’re both down for doing low budget flicks. I can’t think of any other black actors in the industry today who are badass; they’re in short supply with the rest of the badasses in Hollywood, or geriatric.

McFarlane had hoped that Warner Bros., or NetherRealm Studios would make use of the licensing while they had it to include Spawn in Mortal Kombat X, but nothing came out of it. It’s a real shame because Spawn would have been right proper perfect for a DLC character in Mortal Kombat X. There is literally no guest character who would have been more perfect for that game than Spawn.

Anyway, we’ll get to see the assassin turned hell-spawn on the big screen hopefully sooner rather than later, assuming everything goes to plan with the production.


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  • Feli Aslan

    I would prefer a The Darkness movie.

    • GuyverOne

      That would be great, maybe if Spawn does well that would happen and maybe see a new take on Witchblade as well. Can’t think who would be a good pick for Jackie though.

      • Can’t think who would be a good pick for Jackie though.

        Jon Seda
        http://imgur.com/W7JwV1Q.png

        • Feli Aslan

          I would say he is to old by now. Jackie is only 21 when he becomes the Darkness after all. I would say a young and unknown actor would be great for him.

      • Can’t think who would be a good pick for Jackie though.

        Jon Seda
        http://imgur.com/W7JwV1Q.png

      • Feli Aslan

        Oh, Jackie would be tough to cast, after all it is a very complex character. With a the Darkness Movie, a Witchblade movie playing in the same movie and building up for a featuring of the two would be a total must have, you can’t have the Darkness without Witchblade in my opinion. The Witchblade armor would be tough to adapt in a movie in my opinion, not only because of the SJWs but also because while the design looks certainly awesome, sexy and powerful in a comic, it wouldn’t look goot in a movie.

        I have to say, its hard not to be totally hyped for a new Spawn movie, even if it is Low Budget. Its good that McFarlane is going to do it as a Horror Movie instead of a Super Hero Movie. Spawn was always a horror character, but also a very tragic one, which doesn’t fit the narrative of modern super hero movies.

        Oh damn, I really feel like reading my old Image Comics again. Stopped collecting them when I got more into Manga and started to invest more into them, but they were always the best reads for me. Great art, great writing and deep characters. Al Simmons is one of the best, maybe even the best, black characters in comics.

        • Zufield

          Well, there’s a new Witchblade TV series supposedly coming out this year or next. NBC’s going to air it, though, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

          • Feli Aslan

            At least it can never get as bad as the Witchblade Anime.

      • Feli Aslan

        Oh, Jackie would be tough to cast, after all it is a very complex character. With a the Darkness Movie, a Witchblade movie playing in the same movie and building up for a featuring of the two would be a total must have, you can’t have the Darkness without Witchblade in my opinion. The Witchblade armor would be tough to adapt in a movie in my opinion, not only because of the SJWs but also because while the design looks certainly awesome, sexy and powerful in a comic, it wouldn’t look goot in a movie.

        I have to say, its hard not to be totally hyped for a new Spawn movie, even if it is Low Budget. Its good that McFarlane is going to do it as a Horror Movie instead of a Super Hero Movie. Spawn was always a horror character, but also a very tragic one, which doesn’t fit the narrative of modern super hero movies.

        Oh damn, I really feel like reading my old Image Comics again. Stopped collecting them when I got more into Manga and started to invest more into them, but they were always the best reads for me. Great art, great writing and deep characters. Al Simmons is one of the best, maybe even the best, black characters in comics.

    • GuyverOne

      That would be great, maybe if Spawn does well that would happen and maybe see a new take on Witchblade as well. Can’t think who would be a good pick for Jackie though.

  • durka durka

    This has been going on years now….seriously a spawn game, judge dredd could be great as semi open world or tale tales.

    • Judge Dredd via Telltale? Now see… that’s an intriguing thought. I don’t think an open-world game would work out so great just because it could get boring quick and I imagine it would be more like a GTA 5 mod than an actual game. An open-world Spawn game setup like the Batman Arkham titles could be fun, though.

  • GuyverOne

    Hope this all comes together and getting Michael back or Wesley on board would be amazing. It would also be great if they set the movie in the 90s I think it would far better suit the story.