OFFICIAL: Todd McFarlane Directing ‘Spawn’ Movie For Blumhouse

It’s official: after years of development, Todd McFarlane is getting another Spawn movie off the ground. Interestingly enough, McFarlane will be directing the movie himself at Blumhouse Productions.

McFarlane revealed through his Facebook that his Image Comics anti-hero is officially getting a new cinematic interpretation over twenty years after the release of the original movie. Spawn will be his directorial debut for a feature film, as his previous directing credits are all based on music videos (Pearl Jam’s “Do the Evolution”, Korn’s “Freak on a Leash”, and Disturbed’s cover of the Genesis song “Land of Confusion”) — all of which were entirely or partially animated.

Blumhouse Productions is well-known for developing low-budget to mid-budget movies (including the massively-successful and critically-acclaimed Split and Get Out, both of which were released this year), so it’s likely that the new film is going to be small in scope and character-driven — a shrewd move as the movie is aiming for an R-rating. Blumhouse founder Jason Blum issued the following statement in a press release for the new Spawn film and McFarlane’s status as the movie’s director:

“Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd’s unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film.”

McFarlane has been bullish about getting his iconic character back to the big screen again, as he’s repeatedly updated fans on the progress of his script. McFarlane promised Spawn fans a significant update by the time one of the major conventions rolled around, and it look like he’s delivered. McFarlane is also working on developing a television series based on Sam & Twitch, which is set in the same universe.

Independent Comics Perfect For TV

I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.

Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles.  Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems  from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet.  Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing.   Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.

Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!