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The Walking Dead’s Greg Nicotero is working on the visual effects for Todd McFarlane’s new Spawn movie

Todd McFarlane has been busy working on a new Spawn movie for years. It has been picked up by Blumhouse and McFarlane is writing and directing it.

Jamie Foxx is onboard to play Spawn but that character is going to be more like a mysterious force in the film. Jeremy Renner (Wind River, The Avengers) is reportedly on board to play the role of Detective “Twitch” Williams, who will be at the centre of the Spawn movie story. The character has the intelligence and intuition that Spawn needs most. This unconventional detective is near fearless and compliments Spawn’s demonic powers, and it is that combination that will help Spawn win his war.

It seems that the new film will have a different look to what has gone before and Greg Nicotero has joined the production to work on the visual effects and designs. Nicotero has most recently worked on The Walking Dead TV show and his first major job in special effects makeup was on the George A. Romero film Day of the Dead.

McFarlane had this to say about bringing Nicotero onto the project.

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.

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.

Nicotero had this to say,

I’ve been friends with Todd since we did the original Spawn, and the guy’s just a genius. I love the way his mind works. He thinks very, very graphically. I know he really loves the idea of Spawn being dark, and I love the animated show. It’s just a really great opportunity for us to get a chance to collaborate again.

I am intrigued to see what they are going to do with this new Spawn film. It is shaping up to be very low key and sounds like it will be bringing the horror.

How do you feel about a new Spawn film?

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Source: ComicBook

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