Spawn returns May 1, 2009 New Spawn movie in the works Spawn creator Todd McFarlane has revealed that a new movie based on his comic book character is in the pipeline. The original 1997 film starred Michael Jai White as Al Simmons, a murdered assassin who returns from Hell to exact revenge on his killer. Speaking to IESB.net, McFarlane revealed that he has had “five offers” to bring the character back to cinemas: “Everything from the big studios and the big-budgeted production with a lot of special effects, to a smaller budget,” he said, adding that he is more interested in making a low-key “dark” and “grungy” film. Discussing his hopes for a new Spawn, McFarlane said: “It’s not a comic book movie, it’s just a scary movie, a creepy movie. Everything’s real except for one element, which happens to be the character we know as Spawn.