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Columbia Grabs Spawn

Columbia Pictures has nabbed the feature film rights to Image Comics' best-selling comic book Spawn, which has already hit the screen in the 1997 film of the same name, starring Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo and Martin Sheen. New Line Cinema made the previous film but allowed the rights to revert to Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. Columbia made an almost immediate offer to acquire them for Don Murphy and his Sony-based AngryFilms. Ironically, Columbia’s announcement comes a day after Michael De Luca, who guided the original Spawn project, was replaced as president of production at New Line.

The sequel has been put on the fast track at Columbia, and McFarlane is working on the script with screenwriter Steve Niles. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sequel will reportedly be more horror-based than the original film.