The casting process has officially begun for the much-anticipated Spawn reboot, around six months after the project was confirmed by Todd McFarlane to be finally moving forward.
Taking to Instagram earlier today, the director (and creator of the popular comic book character) updated everyone on the current status of the movie. He even incidentally ran into Mark A.Z. Dippe at the airport, the director of the previous Spawn adaptation in 1997.
“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,” McFarlane said.
There is no word on who will get to play the titular role of the Hellspawn but McFarlane has previously mentioned names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx for his casting wishlist.
Based on information currently available, the Spawn reboot will be a very different take on the franchise than its predecessor. The project will be much darker and gritty, just the way the source materials would have hoped for. In addition, Spawn will not have a speaking role. The main character will instead be Twitch, a private investigator.
In the comic books, the assassin Al Simmons was betrayed and brutally murdered by his employers for his silence. His soul ended up in hell, for obvious reasons, where he made a pact with the devil to return to the world of living. He was granted this request and returned as Spawn to protect his family, take revenge on his killers, and amass souls for the devil. However, the anti-hero took a different path and decided not to help raise an army for hell, making him a target for the supernatural.
There is no release date attached to the Spawn reboot but previous speculation has pegged it for early 2019.