Blumhouse executive Jason Blum shares an encouraging update on the long-in-development Spawn reboot movie though one ongoing factor may hold production back still. Todd McFarlane’s anti-hero debuted in 1992 as a former assassin-turned-Hellspawn sent back to Earth following his gruesome murder, where he uses his new demonic powers to fight criminals, angels, and others from Hell. Spawn has made various appearances on both the big screen and on television, with Michael Jae White portraying the character in 1997’s Spawnwhile Keith David provided the voice for Spawn in HBO’s Todd McFarlane’s Spawn animated series.
Following McFarlane’s previous comments on finding Spawn‘s director, Jason Blum revealed to Comicbook.com the current status of McFarlane’s anti-heroe’s return to the big screen. Blum revealed that despite much of the film remaining a mystery to those outside the studio, Spawn is in active development with a possible release in 2025. However, the executive stated that the ongoing writers’ strike would have to be resolved for work on the script to continue. Check out Blum’s full comments below:
“I would say you have a lot to hope for because it’s in very very active development. What needs to happen is that my fellow friends the writers and the studios need to figure out their differences and get back to writing, but we’ve got a great group of folks putting it together, and my hope is that that movie — my prediction is maybe we’ll actually see a Spawn movie in ’25. No promises, but that’s my prediction.”
How Spawn Could Reanimate The Superhero Genre
While the box office performances of The Flash and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania may have reignited discussions that superhero fatigue may be spreading among audiences, Spawn may be a film that could provide the genre with a new spark of life to revigorate the interest. McFarlane’s anti-hero exists in a darker, grittier world than most of the settings seen in Marvel and DC’s features, as Spawn takes on the worst of humanity and the forces of the worlds beyond the grave. Spawn can offer a more darker tale that stands apart from the typically family-friendly shared universe franchise that Marvel and DC developed.
Furthermore, Blumhouse’s involvement in Spawn‘s production can ensure that the Hellspawn’s return to the big screen takes advantage of its darker settings. The character of Spawn is known for his violent, brutal, and bloody stories, so Blumhouse’s history with the horror genre can allow the studio to ensure that Spawn delivers on the gore of the source material. With Spawn taking inspiration from Todd Phillips’ Joker and potentially aiming for an R rating, it is clear that the creators behind the upcoming movie hope to faithfully adapt the comic’s grittiness to screen.
With Spawn having been in active development for numerous years, Blum’s update is promising for longtime fans following a long wait. With Blum feeling confident enough to give a rough release date, it is clear that development has progressed to a point where production on the movie might have been able to begin. However, with the Writers Guild of America still holding strong with their ongoing strike for better working conditions, it is likely that Spawn could face a slight delay, meaning a longer wait time before the Hellspawn returns to theatres.