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Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions are teaming with Todd McFarlane to develop a new movie based on the comic book icon’s creation, Spawn.
McFarlane has written the first draft of the script and is set to direct the project, marking a rare foray for a comic creator into the director’s chair.
McFarlane became a comics superstar and one of the industry’s first artist-millionaires in the 1980s, thanks to his work on Amazing Spider-Man. He later was one of the founding artists of Image Comics with his creation, Spawn.
Spawn told of a black-ops agent who is betrayed and murdered, his soul sent to hell for all the innocents he killed. While there, he makes a deal with a demon who allows him to return to the earthly plane and his wife. However, five years have now passed, and his wife has moved on, while he is a disfigured and superpowered spawn of hell.
The comic was adapted into a 1997 New Line horror-action movie that starred Michael Jai White, as well as a late-1990s HBO cartoon series.
McFarlane, who also became an entrepreneur with a high-end toy company, has been developing the project for some time and was shopping it in the spring, only recently bringing it to Blumhouse. The company is envisioning the new Spawn endeavor as a low-budget horror movie.
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