Todd McFarlane’s live-action R-rated Spawn reboot with Jeremy Renner and Jamie Foxx will finally happen this year. And today Blumhouse head honcho, Jason Blum teased that there has recently been a “seismic event” in the film’s development.
Blum tells ComicBook.com: “There has been an enormous amount of activity on Spawn. No new news that I’m going to reveal here, I’m sorry to tell you, but the title ‘Spawn,’ I’ve been uttering that word a lot in the last two or three weeks and we’ll have more news to come. But, suffice it to say, it is a very active development. I wanna make the movie so badly … there’s been a seismic event on Spawn.”
Rated PG-13 or violence and crude humor, the 1997 version centered on a covert government assassin Al Simmons (Michael Jai White) who is killed after being double-crossed by his boss, Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen). Upon arriving in Hell, Simmons is offered an opportunity to return to Earth if he’s willing to lead an evil army. He accepts and is reincarnated as a “Hellspawn” — a twisted, horribly disfigured version of his former self. However, Spawn serves as a force of good, much to the dismay of the Devil’s henchman, a wicked clown (John Leguizamo).
It sports an 18% on Rotten Tomatoes with this Critics Consensus: Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.