Comic creator Todd McFarlane continues to hope to make the transition from creator to director as Spawn, the cinematic adaptation of his long-running series, finds its writer.
Screenwriter Brian Tucker has signed on to write Spawn and is known for his crime thriller Broke City (2013) starring actors Mark Wahlberg and Russel Crowe. The project has been in development since 2017 and will be branded under Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions. Spawn creator McFarlane is attached to the movie as its director-to-be. Blum and McFarlane have partnered together to produce the feature.
Actor Jaime Foxx was once positioned to lead the film and would be supported by actor Jeremy Renner as a detective character nicknamed "Twitch." Due to the amount of time passed between the initial announcement and current updates, it is undetermined if either performer remains to be associated with the live-action movie. Both actors were attracted to the script in which McFarlane originally wrote.
The efforts to move the development of Blumhouse's take on Spawn are in motion, but this isn't the first time that the comic has been adopted outside of its literary run. McFarlane's comic first launched in 1992 through Image Comics and stands as the publishing house's longest-running series. The antihero was first introduced cinematically through New Line in 1997 with actor Michael Jai White as the lead. HBO aired its own Spawn cartoon in 1997 which received a total of three seasons.
McFarlane is eager to continue to grow the Spawn Universe within comics as he is weeks away from releasing King Spawn. As for the modern movie that is reportedly still in its pre-production phase, updates are infrequent. Even if the news concerning the projects is slim, the movie is currently still in the making.