Jamie Foxx to play Spawn in upcoming film from Todd McFarlane and Blumhouse

Todd McFarlane Jamie Foxx Spawn Blumhouse

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Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn, has been busy trying to get the live-action reboot Spawn movie to happen, and last year he was able to finish the script. Well, we’re getting closer and closer, especially with reports of Jamie Foxx cast as Spawn, the popular antihero who fights angels and demons. This will mark McFarlane’s first time directing a film, with help from production company Blumhouse.

It’s a perfect pairing for the two since McFarlane has mentioned that the film is going to be more of a horror and thriller movie than a superhero one. Blumhouse Productions is known for producing movies like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge. So what took McFarlane so long? The creative difference has been a key factor in the delay, which led to him finally going to Blumhouse with a low-budget R-rated version with it costing $10 million-$12 million.

Jamie Foxx has been adamant about playing Al Simmons, aka Spawn, and McFarlane wrote the script with him in mind. In the comics, Simmons was betrayed and killed by his friend, Chapel, who both worked in a CIA black ops unit. Wanting to see his wife again, he made a deal with Malegolgia, a ruler from Hell. However, years have passed and he finds out that his wife is now with his best friend, and they have a daughter. To make things worse, he is now inside a new demonic body. (On the plus side, he’s got really cool powers.)

“The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk,” McFarlane told Deadline, acknowledging that he’s gotten odd stares from studio suits in the past on this approach. “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. Luckily, there’s a movie that just came out that helps my cause. In A Quiet Place, the first thing on screen is a card in black and white letters that says Day 89. It doesn’t care about what happened in those first 88 days. There are a couple headlines, but then we are on day 450. That movie doesn’t worry about explaining and giving all the answers. What it said in that case was, if you can hang on for a story of survival of this family, this movie will make complete sense for you.”

The comic book series spawned a mature HBO animated series featuring Keith David as the voice of Spawn and a live-action film starring Michael Jae White (Arrow, The Dark Knight).

Source: Deadline

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