Writer, artist and entrepreneur Todd McFarlane, who is behind the Spawn reboot for Blumhouse Productions, gives an update.
All round, legendary artist and businessman in sports, entertainment and publishing, Todd McFarlane, gave the latest update per Comicbook.com on the Spawn reboot.
Since last year, there had been reports that the titular character will be played by Jamie Foxx and that Marvel star Jeremy Renner is also attached. Up until that point, production had been delayed until this summer, and there had been no other updates. That is until Comicbook.com pundit Jim Viscardi dug out a tidbit directly from Spawn’s creator.
When asked about the reboot’s current status, McFarlane said “About the same spot,” and went into further detail:
"“The money’s sitting on the sidelines ready to go. I just need to get everyone that wants to put in money to shake their heads to the same script. As you can imagine, everyone has a slightly different version of it in their head. You just go and trying to appease a handful of people while not giving in to what it is that I’m trying to do myself. Because if I have to change it too much, I’ll just walk away from it all.”"
It sounds like it all comes down to the script and which studio would be willing to distribute. As previously reported, McFarlane had already closed a deal with Blumhouse Productions, the same production house behind The Purge, Get Out and Us, to make the Spawn movie. Last we heard of any developments, it appeared they locked down another crew member in Greg Nicotero to handle special effects make-up.
While McFarlane was a bit coy in revealing which studios he may be negotiating with, he did mention that when the script is finalized, he is looking to visit several.
Although in show business, it ultimately doesn’t matter how much capital you pour into producing a film if the marketing is not sizzling hot with buzz. That is the next side of the battle to overturn:
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"“Here’s how it would work, is that let’s say even we had let’s say, three studios, right? Let’s just pick three.”“So we got Sony. I’m gonna make it all up. Sony, Universal, Paramount, the ones that don’t have Marvel and DC. They should hopefully be more interested.”"
McFarlane went on to explain:
"“Even if they all showed interest at the same time, our questions are gonna be, ‘Well, what kind of marketing campaign are you gonna do with it?’ And then number two, ‘What are your slots that you have?’ Right?”"
Lastly, what the famed artist, creator and businessman went on to say was that the last piece of the pie is “advertising” and showcasing around box office chains across the US and the world. That could be both tricky and and time sensitive.
That is evident when [he] mentioned, “We’ll just have to weigh on those variables,” meaning, “whichever release date suits us,” as in [McFarlane] and [Jason Blum] “we shall go for it.” Out of the studios McFarlane mentioned, Universal might be the better choice.