Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions promises that the upcoming Spawn reboot will bring the studio’s trademarks to Todd McFarlane’s character.
It has been more than a quarter-century since we last saw Todd McFarlane’s Spawn on the big screen. With Blumhouse Productions attached to resurrect the Image Universe favorite, its founder and figurehead Jason Blum is promising that his studio’s trademarks will be injected into Spawn’s veins. So long as we don’t get a bunch of dancing Spawns at the premiere, that sounds fine to us…
Blum – who launched Blumhouse Productions in 2000 and has made a clear impact on the horror genre – recently told Screen Rant, “I’m going to bring the Blumhouse edge. It’s going to be edgy and original as compared to other superhero movies. It’s gonna definitely feel like the Blumhouse version of a superhero movie.” That certainly makes sense (why else attach yourself?) but it’s also still great to hear that the character — who made his first appearance in 1992 — may be able to find a whole new audience. Blumhouse’s resurrections of the Halloween and The Exorcist properties may not have entirely lived up to their promise (despite a promising start on the part for the former), but Spawn could get just the boost that series fans want.
A Spawn reboot has been gestating for quite some time now. Creator Todd McFarlane first announced it nearly nine years ago, with plans later made for McFarlane himself to direct, marking his debut. Since then, numerous rewrites have taken place and Jamie Foxx came onboard to star. Both of these have also faced their own problems, as Foxx’s health issues and the then-ongoing Writers Guild of America strike – which ended last month – were quick to make headlines. With Foxx back on the scene and the WGA strike part of the past, hopefully fans of the character can see him back on the big screen for the planned 2025 release. But just try to top that 1997 Spawn soundtrack, Blumhouse!
1997’s Spawn starred Michael Jai White as the titular character (aka Al Simmons), marking one of the first times a Black actor played a major comic book character. While it was a financial success, it was a critical failure. So, what will Blumhouse do for their part in making Spawn interesting to modern audiences?
What do you expect to see in Blumhouse’s Spawn? Is Blumhouse the right property for the studio to take on?