Todd McFarlane’s “Spawn” movie has found a trio of writers to work on the script of his superhero movie.
Scott Silver (“Joker”), Malcolm Spellman (“Captain America: New World Order”) and up-and-coming writer Matt Mixon have boarded the project to write the script that has been in development at Blumhouse since 2017, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.
McFarlane created the character for Image comics in 1992 and has already written the first draft of the script. He also suggested he may no longer direct the Blumhouse production.
“If we’ve got an A-list actor, A-list producers, A-list writers, then do you want to shoot for A-list directors, A-list cinematographers?” McFarlane tells The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news. “The answer is, ‘of course.’ Let’s keep the momentum going.”
Jamie Foxx is attached to star.
“I grew up in Berkeley, which is a comic book city. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn character was always one of my favorites– a Black superhero that was no bulls—, he was cool and dealt with modern issues,” Spellman said in a statement to TheWrap. “Myself, Matt Mixon, and Scott Silver are pledged to honoring what Todd started and what Spawn is at its core, delivering something that’s relevant and edgy and unlike any other superhero movie out there.”
The comic series follows Al Francis, a U.S. Marine working for a CIA black ops unit who is killed in battle and sent to hell for his war crimes. There, he sells his soul to a demon in exchange for being allowed to see his wife again. Transformed into a demonic warrior, Spawn, he fights to regain his mind and control of his destiny, while being torn between both good and evil destinies.
This will be the second Spawn film, following the 1997 adaptation starring Michael Jai White in the title role. Directed by Mark A.Z. Dippe, it was the first non-comedic superhero film to feature a black actor in the lead role.
Spawn was one of the most popular comic book characters of the 1990s, a period in which antiheroes were particularly popular. In addition to the 1997 film, the character was featured in an HBO animated series starring Keith David that ran for 3 six-episode seasons and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animation Program.
Silver is repped by CAA. Spellman is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment. Mixon is repped by manager Heller High Water.