Make-Up Effects God Greg Nicotero Joins Todd McFarlane’s Spawn
by Erik Amaya
If Todd McFarlane’s film adaptation of his comic book series Spawn will get one thing right, it’ll be the make-up effects.
According to McFarlane himself, award-winning Walking Dead executive producer, director, and make-up special effects creator Greg Nicotero and his company KNB EFX will create the new Spawn design for the upcoming Spawn feature film from McFarlane and Blumhouse. Nicotero and KNB have some experience with Spawn, having worked on the 1997 feature film staring Michael Jai White and Martin Sheen.
“I’m a long-time fan of Greg’s work and the projects his company, KNB have done throughout the years,” said McFarlane in a statement. “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 time around, Jamie Foxx will star as the title character, with Jeremy Renner taking the role of Detective Maximilian “Twitch” Williams. The feature will be the culmination of McFarlane’s 12-year effort to get a Spawn movie done his way. As he previously explained the film “is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that.” Instead, the KNB-designed Spawn will be treated more as a supernatural entity. “At the end of the movie, I’m hoping that the audience will say either, ‘is this a ghost that turns into a man, or is it a man that turns into a ghost?’”
He is also hoping the audience will want to stick around for two additional Spawn films. The film is not yet scheduled for release.