Foxx will play the character who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice.
After being set up by his cohorts to be murdered with his corpse set aflame, Newman is double crossed in Hell.
He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife. But Spawn finds himself stuck in a demonic creature shell, and T
This might become the second comic book film of Jamie Foxx, having previously played Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
” He can be seen next in “Robin Hood: Origins” as Little John and has also recently directed and stars in “All-Star Weekend.
McFarlane had Foxx in mind when he first began work on the script:
“Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it,” he said in a statement.. “I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script, you sort of plug people in, and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him. When I got done and my agents and everybody was talking about what actor, I said, I’m going to Jamie first and until he says no I don’t want to think about anyone else because I’ve never had anyone else in my head. Luckily, he hadn’t forgotten either. I said, ‘hey, I’m back to talk about Spawn again, and he was like, let’s do it.’”
Blumhouse chief Jason Blum issued a statement to the outlet, further confirming Foxx’s involvement with the reboot:
“We are thrilled Jamie Foxx will be playing the title role in our movie adaptation of Spawn. He is an incredible actor and a huge fan of the Spawn Universe that Todd McFarlane created. With the depth of talent Jamie can commit to the role and Todd at the helm bringing the world of Spawn to life, we could not be more excited for this film.”
The Spawn reboot will be an rated R supernatural horror/thriller where, as McFarlane reiterated during his interview with Deadline, Spawn himself basically won’t speak for the entire film.
Spawn” was the first massive launch pad for Image Comics in May of 1992 and gained popularity in the comics community almost instantly.
In 1997, New Line adapted the character into a feature film starring Michael Jai White alongside John Leguisamo. A “Spawn” animated series also ran from 1997-1999 for three seasons, each with six episodes, and earned two Emmy Awards.
There is no release date for Spawn at this time.