There were previous reports that actor Jamie Foxx was being offered the lead role for an upcoming “Spawn” reboot film. Now it has been officially confirmed that the Oscar winner will take on the title role for the superhero flick. Foxx previously expressed interest in being a part of the movie in the past, but it was unknown if he was still interested in taking on the role now.
As Screenrant reported, Foxx will star as the superhero Spawn in the movie which will be written and directed by the comic book’s creator Todd McFarlane. It will be an attempt to revive the franchise based on the Image comic book as there was one movie previously made back in 1997. That original movie had Michael Jai White in the title role with Jon Leguizamo co-starring as the main villain The Violator.
For Jamie Foxx, it will be his second attempt to succeed with a superhero film role. Foxx previously took on the role of the villain Electro in the 2014 film, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The film was considered a box office success based on how much money it made, but generally received mediocre or less-than-stellar critical reviews. That included a 52 percent overall approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 out of 100 weighted average score on the Metacritic website.
The news of Foxx being confirmed for the Spawn reboot movie came via an exclusive statement reported by Deadline on Tuesday. Blumhouse chief Jason Blum said they are “thrilled” to have Foxx in the title role. He added that Foxx is a huge fan of the “Spawn Universe that Todd McFarlane created.” In addition, Blum said having a talent like Foxx in the lead role as McFarlane brings his vision to life on the screen has them very excited about the movie.
There are some interesting aspects of the film already being mentioned. One of those is that the Spawn character will reportedly not speak for the entirety of the film. The other interesting aspect is the film’s rating and genre classification. It’s expected to be an R-rated supernatural horror/thriller movie. The film released in 1997 was PG-13 which was part of the attempt to grab mainstream success. With the success of newer films such as “Logan” and “Deadpool” which both did well despite being rated R, having a lead actor like Jamie Foxx certainly can’t help when it comes to a character that audiences aren’t quite as familiar with, yet.
Good news comic book fans. Well specifically “Spawn” fans. Everyones favorite tortured, ex CIA super agent turned literal demon, Al Newman will be hitting the big screen again in 2019. The essence of the the character will be brought to theaters courtesy of the multi talented Jamie Foxx. It is said that Foxx is a huge fan of the Spawn comic book series and will able to put his own style into the character of Spawn.
For those of you that don’t know, Spawn was the creation of comic book creator and director Todd MacFarlane. Created in 1992, Spawn tells the story of Al Newman. And as I mentioned earlier Al is a CIA black ops agent who was set up to be murdered by his own agency. Wanting vengance for those that murdered him and to help protect his wife, Al made a deal with the Devil that turned him into a demon on Earth. This film will offer a different take on a standard first hero movie. There will be almost no back story. MacFarlane is saving that for another movie. And the lead character will not be speaking at all during this reboot.
MacFarlane is hoping for big numbers at the release of this movie so it can be made into a trilogy. In the second and third movies, the director will explore more of the backstory and character aspects. Another thing Todd will avoid is any campy CGI effects like in the first big screen release. MacFarlane will be working with a low budget compared to other superhero movies.
I am intrigued by the direction that the director and the production company, Blumhouse Productions are going with this film. Blumhouse has already proven they can do dark content with box office hits such as: Get Out, Insidious, and Split. Spawn will be the perfect content for this pairing to explore the complex character that creates Al/Spawn. After all who wouldn’t make a deal for their soul if the conditions were right. To read the full article, please click here.
Who would have thought the reemergence of the comic book epic spawn wood arrived on the scene today. With such reemergence of the movie who would have envisioned that the star would be Jamie Foxx? Let’s take a look at just what this means for the once comic book classic.
The Creator of Spawn Todd McFarlane offered the lead role to Jamie Foxx but at the time of the offer, it was neither confirmed nor denied if Jamie Foxx would take such a role. Well, that is no longer the case because Jamie Foxx, the Oscar-winning actor, will star in the movie slated to reboot the Spawn character. It should be noted and that Blumhouse Productions the same studio behind the smash box office films Get Out and Split formally joined this Venture last year. It’s obvious the movie genre is about to explode with the presence of Jamie Foxx. This is not Jamie Foxx’s first time in a supervillain role on the big screen. In 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Jamie Foxx starred as the supervillain Electro. So he is no beginner to the necessary characteristics needed for this role.
Keep in mind this is not the first time the comic book thriller Spawn has made its appearance to the big screen. In 1997, the movie arrived in theatres as the origin of Spawn, the transformation of the CIA agent Al Newman. But this reboot will not describe the origins of Spawn but rather takes us on a new twist in the life of the demonic warrior that spawn portrays. With the combination of the production company Blumhouse and the star presence of Jamie Foxx plus and the ingenuity of Todd McFarlane, we are in for a big hit. Box office records are about to be broken.
In conclusion, the movie world is about to receive the resurrection of the character Spawn on the big screen. Films like this with the star power of an award-winning actor are sure to draw crowds the first week out. Todd McFarlane knows just what he is doing and is willing to go the extra mile to do just that. This is a project to be seen and enjoyed by the masses.
Todd McFarlane Discussing Movie Roles for Spawn
It’s been known for some time that a reboot of the movie “Spawn” was in the works, but now it’s officially time for the casting calls to begin.
Todd McFarlane has been given the honor of being the man in charge of directing the reboot to the comic book character, and started off by first going to his Instagram to confirm that the casting process has started. As of now, there are no known roles for the movie yet, but he has thrown some names around such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx for key roles. DiCaprio is seen as an interesting choice, since most of his roles tend to be involving more prestige materials.
What’s interesting about the movie is that McFarlane has definitely suggested that it will be a more “twisted, psychological affair,” and even more interesting is that Spawn won’t have a speaking role. What’s more, the movie is also supposed to be grounded realistically and Spawn will be the main supernatural part of the whole movie. He also said that the main character of the movie will actually be a guy named Twitch, who is a private investigator.
Spawn is a cult comic that involves Al Simmons, a hired assassin who is betrayed and killed by his bosses, and comes back to Earth by literally making a deal with the devil, as a Hellspawn. As a result, the character turned into an anti-hero. Being a reboot, it should be known that the original comic was made into a movie adaptation in 1997, with Michael Jai White as the leading role of Spawn. The movie itself was pretty successful, but was rated PG-13 and as a result had a lot of explicit elements from the comic removed for audiences. Furthermore, the movie had a lackluster script and was topped off with heavily hammy acting. Still, it remained a cult favorite among many fans.
There’s no official release date for the Spawn reboot, but 2019 seems to be the year that McFarlane has in mind for release.