Jaime Foxx has been confirmed to star in the new Spawn movie from Blumhouse Productions. This will be the directorial debut of Todd McFarlane, original creator of the Spawn comics, and he’ll be pulling double duty as writer as well. The character made his debut in 1992 and was an almost instant hit. With the recent success of the Deadpool movies, it’s no surprise that the Spawn franchise is finally picking up steam once again. The comics were popular in the 90’s, but the violent antihero’s last screen outing starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo didn’t do well with critics, audiences, and the box office.
In the comics, Spawn is a human-turned-Hellspawn who possesses superhuman strength and speed, and near immortality. Spawn also has the ability to teleport, shapeshift, and heal.
McFarlane has been getting pitches for a Spawn reboot, but for him the only person to play the part was Foxx. “Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it,” he said. “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.”
McFarlane has said that this new iteration of Spawn won’t have the quickfire wit of Deadpool, but will aim for a similar R rating.
— Todd McFarlane (@Todd_McFarlane) May 29, 2018