Fans have been waiting for the long awaited Spawn reboot ever since Todd McFarlane announced that he would be collaborating with Blumhouse to bring the character back to the silver screen, but it looks like the wait will have to be a bit longer than expected, with the script not deemed ready by producer Jason Blum.
In an interview with Abu Dhabi Culture as part of their #CulturAllConversations series, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions has said that the Spawn live-action movie with Jamie Foxx is still not quite ready, with the script taking a completely new direction. Blum also reiterated that the film would be R-rated.
“The script has got to be right. There is a real desire [for the movie], you have Jamie Foxx, and Spawn, and Todd McFarlane, and like, ‘You’ve just gotta make the movie!'”, Blum said. “I think probably I’ve frustrated Todd a little bit, and I’ve just said, like, we don’t just have to make the movie, you know we have to make the right movie, with the right script. And it’s a hard script to get right – and, you know, the recent events in the United States around race have made it even harder to get it right. You’ve got to do it really carefully and thoughtfully.”
“So, we’re going to make the movie, definitely. I don’t know when we are going to make the movie. We are actually kind of re-tackling… we’re going down a different direction with the story than we had in the past, but we are not going to make the movie until that script is great. But one of these days it will be great and we will make it.”
The movie was announced in 2017 by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, which subsequently signed Jamie Foxx as the titular character, as well as one of the Marvel’s Avengers, Jeremy Renner as Detective “Twitch” Williams. And while Foxx promised an update on the film earlier in the year, it seems the movie is still quite a bit away from reaching theaters..
While it’s disappointing to hear that the Spawn movie is still in the works so long after announcement, it’s encouraging to see that it isn’t being rushed into production until the story is both culturally sensitive and engaging to the fans.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin is a Senior Editor at IGN Middle East.