Before you get too excited, remember that Todd McFarlane has been dishing news on a SPAWN remake for years now with no real results. According to The Gate, McFarlane says he's very close to finishing the script, and is hoping to see production begin as early as next year. "The thing that keeps slowing it down is that the negotiation I’ve done is I write, produce, direct, but I’ve got to push a lot of my other endeavors off to the side so I can just get tunnel vision on it." he told the site. "And so everybody at my company is now going, ‘We’ve got to find Todd the time to finish all this.'"
He goes on to talk about how it will be geared more towards the horror genre, "I think it’s a quick shoot. 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. I’ve got so many people phoning now that I’ve got to get it done. I’ve made some promises to people this year."
McFarlane also believes that they'll be able to get some solid talent behind the film if it ever gets going; which actually ties into the news we got not too long ago about Jamie Foxx's interest in the character and how he was "aggressively pursuing" the role. “We’ve had some big names… come into the office and go, ‘We want to be in it,’” McFarlane continued, “Sometimes they give me their pitch, I give them my pitch, I go, ‘We can get in it, this is how it goes,’ and so those types of actors–Academy Award guys–they’re going, ‘As soon as that scripts done, we’re going.’ So once we get this thing done, we’ll get it off the ground with some big names.”
McFarlane definitely sounds optimistic about the project but we've been here before and it always goes nowhere. With how popular comic book movies have become over the years, it wouldn't be that surprising to see a studio resurrect SPAWN at some point. “[The producers] want me to deliver the script by the end of the year,” he said, “which would basically mean we’d be shooting next year. So, that’s the goal right now.” Those are some pretty bold words coming from someone who's been teasing fans with a remake for years.
It could be closer than ever… but probably not.