'Spawn' Movie Adds 'The Walking Dead' Director Greg Nicotero

The live-action Spawn movie now has a cast, director and a VFX company behind it. The Walking Dead director Greg Nicotero has joined the team behind the newest adaptation of Todd McFarlane's creepy comic anti-hero. The pair previously worked together on the 1997 Spawn movie and Nicotero's company, KNB EFX Group, will design Spawn's new look. McFarlane will produce and direct the adaptation.

"I'm a long-time fan of Greg's work and the projects his company, KNB, have done throughout the years," McFarlane said in a press release. "Working with him once again, to re-invent the Spawn 'look' so it will match the supernatural theme in the movie, is going to be a fun process."

The Spawn movie, which has been rumored for decades, is finally coming together. With Jamie Foxx slated to play the titular Spawn and Jeremy Renner as NYPD homicide detective Twitch, the gang is finally coming together. Blumhouse Productions, the horror-movie studio behind Get Out, The Purge and countless others, will team up with McFarlane to turn his dark, gritty R-rated vision into a reality.

In an interview with Deadline back in May, McFarlane offered some insights about his plans for the film. "I've got a trilogy in mind here, and I'm not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story. I'm mentally exhausted from origin stories," he said. The comics creator behind Marvel's 90s reinvention has always had high ambitions. His toy company, McFarlane Toys, has grown from an indie darling to a huge operation, recently releasing their own take on the classic building block bricks made famous by LEGO.

In an interview with Collider last summer, McFarlane said that the movie will have a budget between "10 to 12 million dollars," considerably less than any other superhero movie in recent memory. The original 1997 Spawn had a 40 million-dollar budget.