Well I'll be damned.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Todd McFarland announced that there will be a new Spawn movie. That's good news right? I'm not so sure. I'm still trying to decide.
I was so excited by the idea until he also announced that it would be a reboot and on top of that, Spawn would not be the main character. The story would instead follow Maximilian "Twitch" Williams, a soft-spoken NYPD homicide detective who was introduced in issue 1 of the series.
I always liked Twitch, but to make the movie about him? I didn't come to see Twitch, I came to see Spawn. Al Simmons. Soldier of fortune turned undead antihero. I'd love to see Twitch with Spawn, but not instead of Spawn. Twitch stared in a spin off series entitled "Sam & Twitch", which I enjoyed, but I've been waiting to see another Spawn movie since 1997. MacFarlane created both characters so I'm sure they will be done justice. He will write, produce, and direct the new film. Who better to handle the IP than its creator? Blumhouse, known for Get Out, Paranormal Activity, and The Purge will be handling the production. They have agreed to follow MacFarlane's strict rules to the letter which should be great.
I have concerns.
McFarland explained that the new movie is going to be reminiscent of the orignal Jaws. His vision for the film is that Twitch is like the character Sheriff Brody, and Spawn is like Jaws. He sees Spawn as a dark shadow that will elude the authorities and brutalize criminals. It sounds really cool...in theory, but I can't tell if he is being extremely creative or switching to a more "globally marketable" protagonist.
It's hard not to feel like this takes a story about one of he few black superheros and makes it about a white guy. It's very Mississippi Burning.
Can this new formula work? Comment below and tell me what you think.