Todd McFarlane and his McFarlane Films have partnered with Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions to develop a feature film based on SPAWN, the comic character created by McFarlane and published by Image Comics.
McFarlane has written the first draft of the screenplay and is set to make his directorial debut on the project.
“Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd’s unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film,” said Blum.
Released in 1997, the original Spawn movie starred Michael Jai White and grossed $87 million worldwide, though the soundtrack was better than the actual movie (which boasts an 18% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). By taking the reins himself this time, McFarlane seems to be acknowledging that the first film left room for improvement.
Thus, it’s smart of him to team up with Blumhouse, which produced this year’s low-budget hits Get Out and Split. The company typically makes original films, but if it can deliver a comic book adaptation on a modest budget, Spawn could turn a tidy profit. It all depends on which direction McFarlane wants to take the character.
McFarlane is known for reinventing the look of Spider-Man, as well as co-creating the Venom character for Marvel Comics. He’s represented by ICM Partners.
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