That long-awaited “Spawn” reboot isn’t dead yet. Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, says the film is still in “very, very active development.” So much so, he’s hopeful for a release sometime in 2025. Currently, it sounds like the ongoing WGA strike preventing a new script is the major hold-up.
“I would say you have a lot to hope for because it’s in very very active development,” Blum said. “What needs to happen is that my fellow friends the writers and the studios need to figure out their differences and get back to writing, but we’ve got a great group of folks putting it together, and my hope is that that movie — my prediction is maybe we’ll actually see a Spawn movie in ’25. No promises, but that’s my prediction.”
So our guess is the script was unfinished before the writer’s strike took effect. If it’s just that, progress should resume once a resolution to the strike is met. Blum gave no indication if the film would still be working off of “Spawn” creator Todd McFarlane’s original idea or if he is still going to direct. So far several writers have been attached to the project including Todd Silver, Malcolm Spellman, Matthew Mixom, and Brian Tucker. But given some of that news is almost two years old, at this point, things may have changed.
The first film adaptation of McFarlane’s “Spawn” comics came out in 1997, through New Line Cinema. It did well at the box office, raking in $88 million, but critics and audiences had lukewarm/negative reactions to it.
Around 2016, McFarlane started to seriously discuss another “Spawn” film. He even got Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx attached to the project. This, as far as we know, is still the case considering Foxx has actively campaigned for the role since 2013.
It’s believed another hold-up for the “Spawn” movie is McFarlane’s instance on a hard-R rating. Until recently studios were gun-shy about superhero movies that catered more towards adults believing the demand was too small. But with successful comic-based films like “Deadpool” and “Joker” having hard-R ratings, that no longer seems to be a barrier.
We mean, come one, does that character look like anything other than a hard-R to you?