McFarlane's Respawn: Michael Jai White Reveals Creator's Reboot Idea

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Spawn has been missing from theaters since the miscalculated film version hit cinemas in 1997. While it captured some of the essence of the character, the low budget and some awful effects seemed to keep it from becoming the Spawn we deserved. With recent rumblings and plans for a reboot of the franchise targeted towards a big budget cinematic relaunch, original star Michael Jai White has spoken out about where the sequel may be headed Creator Todd McFarlane had revealed his plans to him about the movie that may end up starring Jamie Foxx in the lead role. In an interview with CBR, White says that McFarlane wants to take the character in a new and interesting direction, one that may not really sit well with long running fans of the character and series:

"McFarlane has been trying to get a new movie up and going for 23 years so I don't know. The last time I saw him, he was telling me about his idea of Spawn being ethereal fog that you don't see, like Jaws, and he strikes and you never see him and I'm like 'Okay, good luck with that!' Personally, I wish him well, that would be a major investment."

White continued on:

"I don't know Todd to be a director at all. It's kind of like Stan Lee: He created the character but he doesn't direct him and I guess somebody would have to pony up a lot of money for Todd McFarlane to direct for his first time directing this movie idea that he has. I've heard about Jamie Foxx starring in it and wish them well. I don't know, maybe it continues because this is what people like to hear from Todd McFarlane. He can get attention by promising another Spawn; I don't get it."

Obviously Spawn started as a comic book series and then got a movie treatment and an animated series on HBO. Is it the right time to fully reboot the character in the live action realm? Probably. But we'll hold out hope until we start to see some forward momentum on the project.