Todd McFarlane’s long-awaited Spawn film is beginning to pick up steam once again. After the creator’s teasing of an announcement on social media all week long, The Hollywood Reporter is revealing that the movie has hired a new trio of screenwriters to pen this upcoming comic book adaptation.
Per the initial report, Joker’s Scott Silver, Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Malcolm Spellman and rising scribe Matthew Mixon (Half Man) will pen an entirely new script for the film. The film has reached a near mythological aura in recent years, having been in development at Blumhouse since 2017. Todd McFarlane, who will serve as an executive producer on the film, had previously wrote a draft for the film before passing the reins over to Silver, Spellman, and Mixom. Moreover, Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx is still very much attached to the film to portray the titular character.
Created by Todd McFarlane, Spawn first appeared in Image Comics’ Spawn #1 in 1992. In life, Spawn was Albert Francis Simmons, who was born in Detroit to a traveling salesman, and a devil worshipper. Simmons acquired a very particular set of skills during his time as a Marine Corp Colonel and member of the Secret Service. However, he is inevitably betrayed, burned to death, and sent to Hell. Making a deal with the devil Malebolgia, Simmons agrees to serve as a Hellspawn and if allowed to see his wife one last time.
Spawn was adapted into a 1997 film and portrayed by Michael Jai White. The character also touts an HBO animated series, lasting from 1997 until 1999, and a series of action figures from McFarlane Toys.
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