In a hearty Facebook announcement today, Todd McFarlane officially announced that Jamie Foxx is set to play as Al Simmons/Spawn.
The upcoming Spawn movie will be produced by Blumhouse, a production company known for its low-budget yet well-received horror films. Under its portfolio are the films Get Out, Split, The Purge franchise, and The Insidious film series. True to tradition, the Spawn film will be within a low budget of US$10-12 million only.
Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn himself, has penned the story and script for the Spawn reboot, and will also be his directorial debut, making this Spawn movie the closest we can get to a comicbook-accurate character straight from the creator’s mind. McFarlane stated that the Spawn reboot will not focus on the hero’s origin story, said he’s “tired of it.” The R-rated film will instead see Spawn as a man of few words. The new movie won’t bother with explaining most of the hero’s technicalities, and would rather challenge the viewers, fans and newcomers alike. According to his interview with Deadline.com:
“The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk. It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that. At the end of the movie, I’m hoping that the audience will say either, is this a ghost that turns into a man, or is it a man that turns into a ghost?
McFarlane affirmed that Foxx was his first go-to actor for the new Spawn movie after the actor approached him half a decade ago about a Spawn film idea. “I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script… and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him… 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…”
Said Foxx about his casting: “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!!!!”
The Spawn reboot is slated to be a film trilogy. No details regarding production and release dates have been revealed yet.
Spawn is created by Todd McFarlane for Image Comics. A 1997 film iteration of the character was led by Michael Jai-White as the eponymous lead, and was directed by Mark A.Z. Dippé.