Jason Blum Blames US Racial Climate for SPAWN Delay, Taking Script in “Different Direction”
Todd McFarlane isn’t going to be happy about this.
Regular readers of Dread Central know that McFarlane has been aching to make a hard-R adaptation of Spawn for years. Though the film is being produced by Blumhouse and has Oscar winner Jamie Foxx attached to play the lead, the wait has been excruciating–for all of us.
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But waiting is what we’ll be doing, it seems, for a while yet to come. In a recent video interview with Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Jason Blum cited current US racial politics for the delay.
“The script has got to be right. There is a real desire [for the movie], you have Jamie Foxx, and Spawn, and Todd McFarlane, and like, ‘You’ve just gotta make the movie!’
“I think probably I’ve frustrated Todd a little bit, and I’ve just said, like, we don’t just have to make the movie, you know we have to make the right movie, with the right script. And it’s a hard script to get right – and, you know, the recent events in the United States around race have made it even harder to get it right. You’ve got to do it really carefully and thoughtfully.
“So, we’re going to make the movie, definitely. I don’t know when we are going to make the movie. We are actually kind of re-tackling… we’re going down a different direction with the story than we had in the past, but we are not going to make the movie until that script is great. But one of these days it will be great and we will make it.”
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You can watch the full interview below.
What do you think it means? Is Blum insinuating that Spawn has been shelved? Does this mean he wants a PG-13 script? Time will tell, but let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.