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Spawn: Jamie Foxx Set to Star in Blumhouse Reboot

Spawn creator Todd McFarlane takes charge of the writing and directing.

Jamie Foxx is officially starring as the titular hero in Blumhouse's Spawn. Created by Todd McFarlane in 1992, Spawn comics tells of Al Simmons, an ex-CIA agent who is killed due to peer betrayal before returning to life as a demon warrior and exacting revenge on who wronged him. This origin story was the plot of the critically panned 1997 movie starring Michale Jai White, and McFarlane has been endorsing a reboot for the last decade. Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Happy Death Day) recently took on the project, moving forward with following details.

According to Deadline, Jamie Foxx will star as Spawn, with McFarlane as the screenwriter and director, for this adaptation. Here's the official statement by Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum:

We are thrilled Jamie Foxx will be playing the title role in our movie adaptation of Spawn. He is an incredible actor and a huge fan of the Spawn Universe that Todd McFarlane created. With the depth of talent Jamie can commit to the role and Todd at the helm bringing the world of Spawn to life, we could not be more excited for this film.

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Having obtained an Oscar for his musical biopic Ray, Foxx has his fair share of impressive roles in recent years like the leading man in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and a scene-stealing villain in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. However, Spawn is a chance for Foxx to make us forget the failure of Amazing Spider-Man 2, in which he plays the main villain Electro.

McFarlane also teased the direction they are taking with Spawn this time. Apparently the writer-director won't be recounting Spawn's last days as a human and first days as a hero, though the prospect of a new origin story might be reserved for a prequel.

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.”

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It was confirmed this Spawn reboot would take a darker, more mature approach that matches its R-rated psychological horror label, as McFarlane stated, "There wouldn't be a lot of fun, there won't be any stupid lines in it. I never like my hero to make a joke right when the jeopardy was at its highest. If I felt that my hero wasn't afraid right now, why should I be?" The movie can ride on the trend of applying genre flavors to the superhero formula as recent MCU and X-Men tentpoles continued to re-invent themselves for the audiences.

Source: Deadline & Comicbook