The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Jamie Foxx has been confirmed to take the lead in the reboot of Spawn.
The Todd McFarlane property was confirmed last year to be entering production on a new movie. With little known about the film fans have been clamouring for any information. Particularly on who would be taking on the lead role.
Spawn was last seen on our screens in 1997 played by Michael Jai White.
Deadline has learnt that Foxx will take the lead in the project which is aiming for a $10m-$12m budget. McFarlane is writing and directing the movie himself in order to take greater control over the character.
Speaking of the project McFarlne said:
“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? I’ve got a trilogy in mind here, and I’m not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story. I’m mentally exhausted from origin stories.
“If you want to see something creepy and powerful where you go, just what the hell was that? 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.”
Foxx also expressed his excitement at taking on the role:
“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.”
We’ll bring you all the Spawn news as it develops.