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Todd McFarlane has been teasing the arrival of his new Appear movie forever. In the 2010s, he completed work on a script, Blumhouse signed on to produce and it looked like he would make his directorial debut on the project.
Since then, we’ve had an endless series of teases from McFarlane that something big is on the way, followed by nothing else. So even though some big news is apparently coming at New York Comic-Con in October, we’re not very hopeful, despite what McFarlane told ScreenRant at Comic-Con.
“We decided, ‘You know what, let’s do it in New York.’ We’ll do it in New York [Comic Con]. We moved? Are we adding pieces? All of the above, yes. The best I can say at this point, aside from everything else that’s been going on, is that it slowed down during the pandemic and then picked up again.
Especially given that, for a while, the only movies people were going to see during the pandemic were superhero movies, minus James Bond. now you get Dissident, and some of the biggest blockbusters getting back on track. But at New York Comic Con, there will be a big announcement.”
At this point, we’ll believe it when we see it. Though Jamie Foxx signed on as the main character with Jeremy Renner providing support as Detective Twitch years ago, we have no idea if they’re still attached to this project, or even if it bears any resemblance to the disastrous leaked script that surfaced in early 2021.
This leak appeared to be legitimate, it was described as the second draft of the final version containing detailed renderings of scenes. The impression was of a movie that kept under budget by featuring Spawn for only 15 minutes, and for at least part of that time, it would have taken the form of a demon bed.
Yes, you read it right. Spawn is a bed. As the review of the alleged leaked script summarized:
“This movie is never going to be made. And if it’s done from this script, it’s garbage. Total garbage. Absolute shit.
Maybe this story has gotten better in the meantime, but until we see a trailer, we’re not going to start getting excited about it. Appear.