Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn comic series, is teaming up with Blumhouse Productions to bring his titular antihero back to the big screen. Despite McFarlane stating that Spawn will have very few lines in the movie, Jamie Foxx has been cast in the role.
Foxx is very eager to play the demonic superhero, and revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he’s been chasing the role for years:
“Six years ago, I flew to Phoenix to find (McFarlane) and throw my hat in the ring. I had done all my research on Spawn. I know everything about the character and what he had done. He was taken aback. I said, ‘Whatever you decide to do, I wanna be first up.’ And what I tried to do is stay artistically in shape.
Of course, there’s the aesthetic sense of what Spawn is, but in the cerebral sense, in [McFarlane’s] script, Twitch [played by Jeremy Renner] is going through something. He prays to God, nothing happens. Should he pray to the devil? Spawn interjects himself into Twitch’s life and Twitch says, ‘Who are you?’ I said that I want to stay artistically in shape so I can deliver the line or the feeling: ‘I’m both. I’m good and I’m evil. I was blessed by God, but I was raised by the devil.’
When I explained that to him, those years back, luckily it stayed with him. Even when he was still met with the task of finding who it was, I said, ‘I challenge anyone out there not to make it competitive. I challenge anyone who was more ready. More ready to give everything. Because you can’t challenge someone as far as who’s the better actor. Because there’s always better actors, better actresses.’ It’s what you bring. Things worked out.”
Spawn has had a couple of previous incarnations on the screen. The 1997 live-action film saw him played by Michael Jai White, while Keith David voiced him in the 1997-1999 animated series. This new adaptation is set to be a much grittier reboot, with Spawn being similar to the shark in Jaws, and Renner’s character Maximilian “Twitch” Williams III taking on a Sheriff Brody role.
Although a production date hasn’t been set yet, Foxx revealed the film is moving swiftly ahead:
“We’ve already started crafting things. Clay Fontenot, who was the stunt guy in the Iron Man suit, he’s crafting Spawn now. That’s the exciting part. When you see it, he’s gonna have his own identity.”
This early into production, there’s no current release schedule yet, but we can probably expect a late 2019 release.