It’s been a while since we’ve heard any updates about the new Spawn movie currently in development at Blumhouse. There has been various reports about whether actor Jamie Foxx is involved in the project or not and when shooting will actually commence. According to producer Jason Blum, the movie is still alive and coming in 2025.
As reported by ComicBook.com, Blum recently told the outlet that “2025 is when Spawn is going to come out” and “I stand by that. I stand by that.” The movie was originally intended to be a lower-budget horror-themed reimagining of the popular comic book anti-hero with creator Todd McFarlane shopping around a lengthy script to studios in the mid-2010s. Plans apparently changed following the release of Joker, an R-rated comic book movie with a modest budget that went on to score over a billion dollars at the global box office.
As of writing, it’s still unclear what the plan is for this next Spawn movie. Fans may remember that Spawn was originally adapted into a 1997 movie starring Michael Jai White as the titular character and John Leguizamo as the villain, Clown. Apart from some great visual effects for its time, it hasn’t aged well and the reception around it was mixed to mostly negative.
Spawn still holds plenty of relevance in pop culture, it seems. The comic book character was included as DLC in Mortal Kombat 11 after years of fans demanding his appearance in the bloody fighting game franchise. With the market oversaturated with comic book movies and television shows right now, audiences might crave something as dark and distinct as Spawn so it’s the perfect opportunity to strike.
The biggest hurdle that the Spawn movie faces is the ongoing actors union SAG-AFTRA strike currently taking place in Hollywood. The Writers Guild of America recently came to an agreement with studios and executives over fair wages for screenwriters, though actors might still face an uphill battle in the weeks or months to come in pursuit of fair and equal wages in the industry. Once that is resolved, production on several upcoming movies – including Spawn – will probably continue.