Todd McFarlane’s long-awaited reboot for Spawn has undergone some considerable development within the past year. The latest addition to the Spawn film universe is Greg Nicotero, who’s notable for his contributions as director and special effects makeup supervisor for AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead.
Comicbook.com confirmed Nicotero will be lending his talents to the reboot as special make-up effects artist, just as he had done 21 years ago in Mark A.Z. Dippé’s film adaptation of Spawn in 1997.
According to CB, McFarlane discussed his reasons for appointing Nicotero, stating
“When I conceived of the story to start with, I never really thought of it as big special effects extravaganza because I knew we weren’t going to have the budget for it. So I knew I was going to rely heavily on practical makeup and costuming, and one of the places that kept popping up was my good pal Greg Nicotero on his KNB Group. And he’s obviously done a tremendous amount of work on dozens and dozens of movies. The sort of serendipitous part of it is that Greg was there at the beginning 20 years ago for the original Spawn movie.”
Spawn will mark as Todd McFarlane’s directorial debut for a full feature film, as previous directorial duties included directing music videos/documentaries for Korn and Pearl Jam. The reboot will star Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) as Al Simmons/Spawn and Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) as detective Twitch Williams.
Blumhouse Productions have confirmed their involvement with the project since last summer in 2017. Although at this point there are no clear details as to a plot for the Spawn reboot, McFarlane has mentioned on a few occasions that the film will be suited for an older audience. Even dating back to 2013, McFarlane shared with THR, “It’s not going to be a giant budget with a lot of special effects; it’s going to be more of a horror movie and a thriller movie, not a superhero one.”
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