Todd McFarlane will write and direct a Spawn movie for Blumhouse

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Mar 25, 2021, 6:08 AM EDT (Updated)

Todd McFarlane has been teasing work on a new film based on his beloved Image Comics character Spawn for a very long time now. It's been 20 years since the first feature film, a disappointing PG-13 release, and in all that time McFarlane's never really given up hope of the character returning to the screen. For the last several years he's been developing his own script for the project, which he calls more of a supernatural drama than a superhero story, and he's even given fans a peek at it. Now, the script is apparently ready, because a film is officially underway.

McFarlane announced today that he will make his directorial debut at the helm of a new Spawn feature film to be produced by Blumhouse, the studio responsible for horror hits like Get Out and The Purge. McFarlane has completed a draft of the script, which is billed as a "dark exploration" of the character.

"Having worked with many visionary directors, I think Todd's unique artistic talents will only add to his role as director of this film," Blumhouse head Jason Blum said.

This is the end of a very long road for McFarlane and for many fans, who've been eager to see Spawn reap the benefits of the comic book movie boom and return to the screen in the way his creator intended. Now McFarlane gets to make his film and, to make things more excting, he's got Blumhouse in his corner. Stay tuned to SYFY WIRE for more details on the film from McFarlane himself.