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Todd McFarlane Says Oscar-Winning Actor Is Attached To Imaginary ‘Spawn’ Remake

I file Todd McFarlane’s Spawn remake in the same category as Clive Barker’s Tortured Souls: the “somebody needs to break the news to the creator that it’ll never happen” category.

Having recently re-watched Mark A.Z. Dippé’s 1997 adaptation of McFarlane’s Image Comics creation, I’m the first to raise my hand demanding a redo (that movie, starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo, is a heaping pile of crap), I just think McFarlane is all talk and no do. I’m sick of waiting for this goddamn redo, just like I waited in agony for him to release “Spawn” #4 back in 2001. He talks about it constantly, and yet, I’ve never heard of any real progress. I’ll believe it when I see it.

In the latest of “huge” Spawn developments, McFarlane tells MTV that an Oscar-winning actor is attached to the remake that will never happen. The comic follows a mercenary whom is killed, but comes back from Hell as a reluctant soldier of the Devil.

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I continue writing pages here and there. I have a guy waiting in the sidelines, an Academy Award-winning actor,” he told the cabler also sharing the actor’s frustrations in McFarlane’s snail-like pace. “Every three weeks he’s on the phone going, ‘Todd, where’s the script? Todd, where’s the script?’ I can’t say who it is. You could [narrow it down].

He came out to the office. He gave me his pitch, and I gave him mine,” McFarlane added. “The pitch I gave was that we could do ten of these for the next ten years and he wouldn’t have to be 22 for the rest of his life.

On top of the live-action “Spawn” redo, McFarlane says that another animated series based on the character is in the works — and it’s shockingly progressed through voice recordings already.

We have 90 minutes all set and ready to go, other than sending it to an animation house,” he said. “We’ve done all the voice recordings, we’ve done all the backgrounds, so the technology is way better than it was a decade ago; there are some spectacular things we can do now that we weren’t able to when we were on HBO.

Who do you guys think the Oscar-winning actor is? The only information we have is that he’s 22. Who won an Academy Award at a younger age? The only information we could find is that Timothy Hutton won for best supporting role for Ordinary People when he was 20. That was a long time ago.



  • Jasonicus

    Academy Award winner my ass. It’s probably Nick Cannon.

  • frankstark

    just get idris elba to play al simmons, he’s good and underrated

    • dr.lamb

      Very good choice. They should not go with the whole expansive canon as in the first movie. They should do it like “Dredd” and vaguely hint at larger schemes.

      • frankstark

        Dredd is the most underated movie ever and its a shame it will never have a sequel.

  • dr.lamb

    So he should be an African-American actor who won the Oscar under the age of 22. Sadly, no one comes to mind.
    To McFarlanes defense, it seems to be hard to push a project through in Hollywood, even if you are of a certain fame.

  • It is probably Jamie Foxx, but I can’t see him wanting to do this…

    • frankstark

      i think jamie foxx is playing electro in the amazing spiderman sequel

  • Ravinus

    The return of Cuba Gooding, Jr.

  • lovezoid

    Maybe it’s the little girl from Beasts of the Southern Wild, she’s up for an oscar, is she 22 yet?

  • Incinerated

    Sounds like his actor will be burned out on waiting for a script in no time. So yeah, I agree with the sentiments of the article. I’ll believe it when I see it. Same with the animated series. There was already supposed to be a follow up to the HBO series years ago. I think they even had a teaser with some animated footage. With his track record on this stuff, having voice work in the bank means nothing to me.

  • doomas10

    Spawn for me was kinda of a guilty pleasure but lack a cohesive directing style: too dark for kids, too bright for adults. They should have gone completely dark aka animated series. However, John LEguiziamo was awesome as the violator and the make up effects brilliant. And who can forget that amazing soundtrack? A wasted opportunity for sure 😛

    • dr.lamb

      The soundtrack was the shit. Atari Teenage Riot, Orbital, Filter… I guess they could not go too dark, for box office reasons.

      • doomas10

        and they did tank! Lesson learned here! PS I am listening the soundtrack now – awesome!

  • grossgreg

    Terrance Howard.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Well, whenever it does happen, I’ll be very happy to see it. I love the character Spawn.

  • viking1983

    the spawn film was awesome, it was cheesey as hell but great effects and soundtrack, mr.disgusting you like steaming piles of shite like kill list so your opinion on films has no value to me

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