Todd McFarlane says his upcoming Spawn reboot isn’t a superhero movie but rather a supernatural thriller. An adaptation of the McFarlane-created comic book character, Al Simmons, aka Spawn, released in 1997 from visual effects supervisor Mark A.Z. Dippé in his directorial debut, based on a script from Alan B. McElroy, who previously developed HBO’s Spawn animated series alongside McFarlane in the mid-1990s. Michael Jai White played the eponymous antihero and was meant to reprise his role in a Spawn sequel until McFarlane decided to reboot the franchise instead.

A second Spawn installment has been in the works for almost two decades. McFarlane spent years trying to bring Dippé’s sequel to fruition with White on ...

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