There have been stories for years that Spawn creator Todd McFarlane wanted to do a reboot of the character on screen. He made no secret of the fact that he wanted actor Jamie Foxx to take on the role of Al Simmons, a.k.a. SPAWN. Foxx made no secret of the fact he wanted the role. Today the casting of Foxx in the role was confirmed along with the detail that Blumhouse Productions will produce the film.
As early as 2013, it was revealed that McFarlane and Foxx spoke frequently about the script for a possible new film adaptation of the comic. “Every three weeks he’s on the phone going, ‘Todd, where’s the script?'”
Speaking with Deadline ahead of the announcement McFarlane said he had Foxx in mind for the role when he was scripting the film.
“Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it. 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. When I got done and my agents and everybody was talking about what actor, I said, I’m going to Jamie first and until he says no I don’t want to think about anyone else because I’ve never had anyone else in my head. Luckily, he hadn’t forgotten either. I said, ‘hey, I’m back to talk about Spawn again, and he was like, let’s do it.’”
Foxx added, “I told him no one would work harder than me if given the opportunity… well… the opportunity is here!! I’m humbled and ready to transform.”
The film being with Blumhouse means that it can be a more adult film according to McFarlane, who will direct the project.
He added, “This upcoming R-rated dark story is my acknowledging that many of Spawn’s fan base has grown older over the course of the character’s existence. I hope this direction will be a change of pace from the norms of the big blockbuster films.”
Give us your thoughts. Is Foxx right for the role? Are you excited that it will break the mold of the current range of superhero films?