It’s time for our semi-annual update on what’s up with the Spawn reboot movie, that magical time when Todd McFarlane let’s us know that he’s still toiling away on his pet project. To recap: Spawn movie released in 1997. It bombed. McFarlane wanted sequel. No one else did. He gets rights back. Promises low budget reboot. Keeps promising. Promising…
So here we are again. While hocking his wares at the TIA Toy Fair this week, McFarlane talked to MTV about progress on the Spawn movie front.
“I continue to write a page here and there. As I’ve said before, I’ve got a guy waiting on the sidelines who’s an Academy Award-winning actor who phones every three weeks going ‘Todd, where’s the script? Where’s the script?’… He came out to the office, he gave me his pitch, I gave him my pitch, and he’s like ‘Fine, let’s do your gig.’ The pitch I gave him was that we could then do, like, ten of these for the next ten years, and he wouldn’t have to be 22 for the rest of his life.
“The plan would be to do the movie, bring the movie out and then go back on TV with the animation like we did the first time. But the cool thing with the animation is we’ve got 90 minutes all set, ready to go, other than just sending it to an animation house. We’ve done all the voice recordings, we’ve done all the backgrounds and everything. So the technology is way better than it was a decade ago. and there’s some spectacular stuff that we can now do when we bring it back that we were never able to do on HBO.”
So if the race of the character holds – African-American – that means we have a very small pool of Oscar-winning actors to draw from: Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Forest Whitaker, Louis Gossett, Jr., Cuba Gooding, Jr. or Morgan Freeman.
By process of elimination, I think Washington, Whitaker, Gossett and Freeman might be out for running for ageist reasons, but perhaps there’s more compelling and direct evidence about what choice has already been made:
So is Jamie Foxx going to suit up as Spawn? Well, as evidenced by the above photo, Foxx and McFarlane have met a few times. Or maybe McFarlane just surprised him with a sketch when they ran into each other at the comic book store. Still, attaching a star like Foxx would secure some studio interest for a new Spawn film, if only McFarlane would stop being so cryptic. Also, maybe if he wrote more than a couple of pages every once and a while…
What do you think, Bastards? Interested in seeing Jamie Foxx as Spawn?
Source: Screen Rant