Todd McFarlane recently acquired some major points for his new Spawn film when he announced that special effects legend Greg Nicotero will work on it. According to McFarlane, Nicotero, who is most notably known for his company KNB and his work on Evil Dead and The Walking Dead, will both help design the character of Spawn and work on the practical effects for the film.
McFarlane is taking control of the filming, both writing and directing, to hopefully bring a more faithful adaptation than what we were given back in 1997.
“When I conceived of the story to start with, I never really thought of it as big special effects extravaganza because I knew we weren’t going to have the budget for it … So I knew I was going to rely heavily on practical makeup and costuming, and one of the places that kept popping up was my good pal Greg Nicotero on his KNB Group. And he’s obviously done a tremendous amount of work on dozens and dozens of movies. The sort of serendipitous part of it is that Greg was there at the beginning 20 years ago for the original Spawn movie.”
But if you weren’t a fan of the 1997 film movie, just wait a minute. McFarlane acknowledges that he plans to do things differently this time.
” I think it would be a mistake for people to go, ‘Oh, it’s going to look like the first movie.’ No. That’s not the task nor is that sort of where we’re at creatively … So when I sat down with Greg and his staff, I just said, ‘Here’s what I see visually.’ I gave them some reference at some images throughout the 25-year history of Spawn that I thought was close to what I was talking about. And then I just stepped back and let them start taking a whack at it.
“Each time they sent me something, I would then draw over it and go, ‘Hey. How about a little bit of this, a little bit of that?’ And then I thought very quickly we actually got to our look of what it is that we want to go at. KNB came out of the gate, showed me a wide, wide range of looks. I was able to narrow it down.”
McFarlane is hoping to start filming by 2019, though nothing is set in stone as of yet. Jamie Foxx is set to play the titular character.
Stay tuned to iHorror for updates on the new Spawn movie.