Way back in 1997, an undercover government killer Al Simmons debuted in front of the movie audiences as Spawn, a supernatural hero filled with vengeance and determined to cut down his ex-employer Jason Wynn (Martin Sheen) to size.
Mark Dippe directed this cult action movie which was widely acclaimed to be a very different take on the superhero genre, despite failing to connect with the audiences. However, Todd McFarlane’s long redundant reboot has given Al Simmons another shot at fame, and seems like the writer/director/ and comic book veteran has been talking to prospective cast members about the upcoming Spawn film from Blumhouse.
McFarlane is the creator of Al Simmons and his devilish alter-ego, confirmed via Instagram that casting is going on. He even met Mark Dippe last weekend. He shared the following update on Instagram:
WHAT..!? I was in Hollywood all day Friday talking casting roles to various actors about different character roles for the #Spawn movie. SOOO…of course when I am on my plane going back home the person who gets on last and sits next to me (literally) is the guy who directed the first Spawn movie (Mark Dippe)!?!? Had not seen him in years. Weird.
Bound to an R-rating, the project is generating a great deal of buzz, because it is apparently a dark and nasty version of the Spawn. It also takes inspiration from Jaws, ensuring that Spawn will be showcased sparingly. Because as underscored by New Line’s reboot of It, the more time a movie’s monster is seen on the screen, the less impact its presence makes.
While McFarlane has gone on to state that Spawn won’t utter a single dialog in the movie, it turns out that he will still figure out a way to communicate.
So, there’s a nuance here right? So Spawn, the being of Spawn, the sentinel being of Spawn doesn’t speak, but I’ve created another way to be able to give him a voice. But what won’t happen is that you won’t see Spawn in his big costume, and cape go ‘hello everybody. I’m here to save the day’. None of that. But the presence of Spawn will have an outlet to get across his voice in a manner that will be fairly obvious to people who follow the Spawn comic book over the years.
There is no official release date assigned to Spawn as of now, but, if Todd McFarlane gets things going his way, it will be released either early next year before the start of the blockbuster season in Hollywood or during the 2019 Halloween season.