Since 2015, Todd McFarlane has been planning a new movie adaptation of his comic book creation, Spawn. The film will mark McFarlane’s directorial debut, and it is set up at Blumhouse. Actor Jamie Foxx has been rumored off and on to take on the titular role; a few weeks ago, That Hashtag Show said he was formally offered the part. Now, it’s official.
Deadline confirms that Jamie Foxx is set to star in Spawn. He will play Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed and murdered. In hell, Simmons’ soul agrees to become a Hellspawn in exchange to see his wife again. Unfortunately, his wife has moved on to his best friend. Now, Simmons is an antihero who fights crime as Spawn.
Foxx is the second actor to play Spawn in live action. Michael Jai White portrayed the character in the 1997 Spawn film. There was also an HBO animated series, where Spawn was voiced by Keith David.
Todd McFarlane tells Deadline that the new Spawn will be a dark R-rated story, and its budget is only $10-12 million. Also, don’t expect the movie to go into detail on his origin…but it could be featured in a sequel. “I’m not going to explain how Spawn does what he does; he is just going to do it. We’ll eventually do some of the background if we make a trilogy, but that’s not this first movie. The first movie is just saying, do you believe? And if you believe than that’s good because I’m hoping to take you for a long ride with this franchise.” McFarlane adds that Spawn will only speak a few words in the movie, and Foxx pitched him on the casting five years ago.
Currently, Spawn does not have a release date or any other cast members. Production will likely begin sometime this year. Stay tuned for more as we have it.
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