The original Spawn movie from New Line Cinema in 1997 is one of the most influential comic book adaptations to date. Most people believe that a remake or sequel was never needed, but creator Todd McFarlane thought otherwise. Whether it was the money and ego that we know Todd to have a need for, or its the fact that every great story deserves to be told in a new and more advanced light, a Spawn remake was happening one way or another. If you were with us late last year then you know everything we knew about the production going into 2018, which at that time had come as far and scarce as it has since.

With Todd successfully holding creative control tight, we knew that this could go very good. However, with a tight budget, we knew that this could also go very badly. Effects obviously being forced into being largely practical, Todd McFarlane apparently knew he had to find the right people for the job as we learned when he took to Twitter Wednesday to announce that The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero would be returning to Spawn to once again design the look for the titular character, we knew that this film was bound for the high road.

As McFarlane told ComicBook.com “I knew I was going to rely heavily on practical makeup and costuming, and one of the places that kept popping up was my good pal Greg Nicotero on his KNB Group. And he’s obviously done a tremendous amount of work on dozens and dozens of movies. The sort of serendipitous part of it is that Greg was there at the beginning 20 years ago for the original Spawn movie.”

As we said before, many fans were against the idea of a remake, so this news may not come as good for all with many wondering “why?”, now more than ever. but McFarlane assures us that big changes are on the way. ” I think it would be a mistake for people to go, ‘Oh, it’s going to look like the first movie.’ No. That’s not the task nor is that sort of where we’re at creatively,” confirmed McFarlane.

With added work on other comic books adaptations like Preacher and Sin City in addition to his work as a special effects supervisor, producer, and director on The Walking Dead, when Nicotero says things like “Spawn has always been a fascinating character study, and I really think that Todd’s whole take on this is he really wants to be able to define superhero movies in a very different context than everybody is accustomed to,” and “He really is the perfect guy to do it because he knows exactly how much he wants to see. He always liked that Spawn was kind of like the boogeyman, you know?”, we know that not only does he have the chops to pull this off, but he knows where this feature needs to go to be successful and worthy of stepping over the beloved original.

While Blumhouse has yet to give an official release date or even a production start date, we can surely expect Todd’s projected early 2019 window to be reliable film date with an approved script, lead actors Jeremy Renner and Jamie Foxx signed on to play Spawn and Twitch, and now a Visual team behind him.

 

 

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Source: ComicBook

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