In 1997, Michael Jai White starred in the live-action adaptation of comic book creator Todd McFarlane’s most popular creation, Spawn. The film didn’t go down well with either critics or the box office, largely because the special effects of the period didn’t do justice to the character’s story. Now McFarlane is determined to do a spawn reboot, which he personally writes and directs. In an interview with CBR, White revealed that McFarlane has some strange ideas for the planned film.
“”[McFarlane has] I’ve been trying to get a new movie off the ground for 23 years so I don’t know. [Laughs] The last time I saw him he told me about his idea that spawn is ethereal mist that you don’t see like Jaws and it hits and you never see it and I say, ‘Okay, good luck with that! ‘Personally, I wish him all the best, that would be a big investment. “
In the comics, Spawn started out as Al Simmons, a highly decorated member of the Secret Service. Following betrayal by his partner, Simmons is sent to Hell after his death. There he makes a contract with the demon king to return to earth one last time and see his wife. When Simmons reaches Earth, he finds that his appearance has been changed to that of a Hellbrood and he has many new superpowers gifted by the Hell’s necroplasm flowing through his body.
It’s the kind of story that takes a lot of CGI to tell convincingly. The look of spawn on its own, while extremely bad on paper, can look caricatured if not properly restored by special effects. But from White’s account, McFarlane seems to be taking a different route, where spawn’s physical form is only hinted at and his presence is felt through a mist-like substance. The last time a movie tried such a tactic was when Galactus appeared as a giant cloud Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surferand the audience was definitely not on board with the idea.
Making a superhero movie in which the superhero never fully appears seems strange, but maybe Todd McFarlane decided to change its approach since then. Finally, it was recently announced that Jamie Foxx will be starring in McFarlane’s new film Spawn. There wouldn’t be any point in casting a big star like Foxx and then not showing your face in the movie. For his part, White is skeptical of the idea that McFarlane a Spawn Movie.
“I don’t know that Todd is a director at all. It’s like Stan Lee: he created the character but he doesn’t direct it and I think someone would have to raise a lot of money to direct Todd McFarlane.” I’ve heard from Jamie Foxx who stars in it and I wish them all the best. I don’t know, maybe it will go on because people love to hear this from Todd McFarlane. He can get attention by promising another spawn; I do not get it. “
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