Los Angeles, CA – Comic fans who aren’t drooling over the upcoming release schedule for the Marvel Cinematic Universe have something else to debate ad nauseam on forums, online and in person. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new Spawn film will star Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx as the lead.
Foxx and Spawn’s creator, Todd McFarlane, reportedly had talks years ago about the pairing. Foxx recounts in a statement to various sites, “A few years back I flew out to Arizona to meet the man behind one of the most incredible comic book characters in the universe… Todd McFarlane. He was taken aback when I told him with the enthusiasm of a young child that more than anything I wanted to put my name in the hat to embody his beloved character Spawn…. I told him no one would work harder than me if given the opportunity… well… the opportunity is here!! I’m humbled and ready to transform… and to top things off the young Jason Blum is lending his brilliance to the project! Time to be great!!!! #Spawn.”
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McFarlane is set to write the script and direct the film from Blumhouse Productions.
Foxx will be playing Al Simmons, a CIA black ops member, who is betrayed by his team in a fiery death as well as in hell. After being sent to hell for his evil deeds on earth, he is given a chance to see his wife again as a Hellspawn warrior. But once back on earth, he’s caught in a war between heaven and hell with angels hunting him down. His wife has also moved on and married his best friend.
The comic was part of McFarlane’s Image Comics in the 1990s. It turned into an animated series on HBO, a live-action film with Michael Jai White in 1997, and a series of toys and video games.
According to Deadline, McFarlane is considering a trilogy but doesn’t want to start with an origin story. Spawn will also have few talking lines. “The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk,” McFarlane told the publication.
No release or production date for the new Spawn has been made available as of press time.