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.