A R-Rated Spawn reboot is in our midst, and artist Todd McFarlane already has a specific actor in mind: the illustrious Leonardo DiCaprio. According to Vulture, McFarlane was greatly inspired by his Wolf of Wall Street performance, and envisioned him as the antihero while writing the script.
[UPDATE: McFarlane wants DiCaprio for Twitch, not Spawn. Here’s the full real quote]:
“Given that the big lead was Twitch [an NYPD Detective who comes to track Spawn], when I was writing, I had Leonardo DiCaprio in my head. I don’t know if people have seen The Wolf of Wall Street, but there is a manicness in him, he was going up and down, and up and down, and up and down; it was almost dizzying, emotionally, to go with him. And there are parts in this movie where I’m going to need an actor to be able to make those moves. Both in terms of normality, in terms of manic, in terms of anger, and in terms of joy – and be able to go to some extremes in it.”
Todd McFarlane first created and published Spawn #1 in 1992 under Image Comics. The series followed a former black ops soldier, Al Simmons, who is murdered by one of his own squad members, but is resurrected as a superpowered hellspawn. Simmons – now called Spawn – was sent by the demon Malebolgia to do Hell’s bidding on Earth.
There has already been a live-action adaptation of the Spawn comic, which starred Michael Jai White in the title role and Mark A. Z. Dippé in the director’s chair. It was the first film to star an African-American actor as a major comic book superhero and had its premiere in August of 1997. The film grossed about $87 million worldwide, but was ultimately met with negative reviews from critics.
The new film will be brought to the big screen by Blumhouse Productions, the same studio who produced films like Get Out and The Purge.
With comic book films on the rise and 20 years since the first iteration, fans are both intrigued and excited for a new Spawn film to arise. There are currently no other details surrounding the reboot, but McFarlane has hinted that a few Hollywood actors have reached out, interested in the collaboration.
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