Spawn Reboot

Todd McFarlane has been talking about rebooting Spawn for the big screen since as far back as 2009. At one time he was touting the attachment of an Oscar-winning actor who kept bugging him about the script, and eventually it was determined that actor was probably Jamie Foxx. At the time, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star himself said that he was “aggressively pursuing” the lead role in the comic book adaptation, but three more years have gone by and nothing has happened. Now Todd McFarlane is again talking about the kind of Spawn movie he wants to make, and he has some concept art this time. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

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Spawn fans rejoice. While the hoped-for movie reboot still seems to be a ways off, Todd McFarlane has revealed an exciting sneak peek at the other upcoming Spawn adaptation, a new animated series.

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Usually when an actor says he’s interested in a role, it’s little more than talk. As a rule, few actors are ever going to turn town a role via an interview, and even when they specify something they want to play, that doesn’t mean it is anywhere close to happening.

But when an actor who is also a producer says he’s “aggressively pursuing” a role, that’s different. That’s how Jamie Foxx talked about the comic book character Spawn in an interview at Comic Con. The character is a soldier murdered and condemned to hell, who is able to return to Earth as a “hellspawn,” a role against which he ultimately rebels. The character anchored a 1997 film starring Michael Jai White — the first major film featuring a black superhero as the lead — but creator Todd McFarlane wants to reboot Spawn in a new movie form.

Put Foxx’s comment together with a past tease from McFarlane about having an Oscar-winning actor attached to the role for a reboot, and a picture starts to form.

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Remakes of decades-old films are a common sight at the multiplex these days, but even by those standards Identity Films and Flat Penny Films are reaching pretty far back. The two companies have just acquired the rights to Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union, which was adapted into a movie by Frank Capra in 1948.

That picture starred Spencer Tracy as a presidential candidate backed by a newspaper magnate, played by Angela Lansbury. Katharine Hepburn portrayed Tracy’s estranged wife. While State of the Union isn’t really considered a career highlight for any of them, they still leave some big shoes for the new cast to fill. [Variety]

After the jump, things take a turn for the spooky with new Carrie and Evil Dead images.

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Why did Ron Perlman recently dress up like Hellboy? Want to see behind the scenes photos of Christopher Nolan on the set of The Dark Knight Rises? Is there a way to get your phone synced up with Man of Steel content right now? Which problem occurred during the first Dark Knight Rises press screening? How much might Scarlett Johansson make when she returns for The Avengers 2? Did The Amazing Spider-Man have a good weekend at the box office? What honor was bestowed upon Christopher Nolan this weekend? And can you purchase Todd McFarlane‘s original art for Spider-Man #1? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Todd McFarlane is about to cross the two-hundred issue line with Spawn — hell of an achievement for a non-Marvel or DC book, no matter what you think of the title. That sort of longevity arguably affords him some indulgence to talk up another Spawn film. There’s obviously an audience for the book, and consequently there could be one for another film.

And, much to my surprise, as he talks about what he wants out of another movie, I find myself agreeing with him. It’s easy to dismiss Mr. McFarlane as an egocentric blowhard (I’ve certainly done it more often than not) and, while I’ve never bought into his vision of Spawn per se, I can’t deny that his description of a low-budged, constrained comic book film is more appealing than many other comic-related pitches out there. Read More »

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Two years and one day ago, Peter told you about Warner Bros. intention to bring a new version of The Wizard of Oz to the big screen. The studio had licensed Todd McFarlane‘s Twisted Land of Oz action figure series, which portrays Dorothy as something of a bondage fanatic and the Tin Woodsman as the frightening man-chine at the head of this post, and set Josh Olson about writing a screenplay. At that time Olson was quoted as saying:

I want this to be Harry Potter dark, not Se7en dark.

Since then… nothing. Today, though, the story has resurfaced in a British newspaper. Does this mean that we’re on the verge of seeing this project come into the light?

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The next sentence should be considered an open letter to Todd McFarlane. Todd, please don’t ever change; your massive ego and grandiose plans never fail to entertain us. According to MTV, McFarlane has Leonardo DiCaprio in mind to head up the cast of the new Spawn film. Not as Spawn, because that would just be ridiculous, but as the guy chasing Spawn. Wait, it gets better. “It’s not a big special-effects movie,” says McFarlane, “it’s a character movie, so I could shoot it in 40-50 days and you don’t have to budget that much time.” He even refers to the potential project as a “Godfather-type movie”. Still not amused? There’s more after the jump. Read More »

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It’s been a week of reboot news, and tonight is no different. Comic book artist/writer turned entrepreneur Todd McFarlane tells IESB that he’s got “five offers on the table” for a new Spawn movie, ranging from big studio to smaller scale. Todd says that he’s leaning towards the latter, which would “keep it down, keep it dark, keep it grungy”, comparing his idea to “The Departed with something moving in the shadows.”

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