the Horror reboot of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn over at Blumhouse Pictures has just landed Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx as it’s caped anti-hero. Foxx will be rebooting the role of Al Simmons that was originally played by Michael Jai White in the critical and commercially panned 1997 film.
McFarlane has already stated that he’s tired of origin stories and that we should expect the movie to jump into Spawn’s life well after his mortal counter-part is betrayed and murdered by his CIA black ops team and he makes a deal with the devil to return to earth. Instead, we can expect to see a hard-R horror film in the same vein as Jaws, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Grudge, and The Ring. In those movies, the monster never speaks a single word.
Foxx has been campaigning for a chance to play the role since he first mentioned it back at 2013’s Comic-Con.
Here’s what Todd McFarlane had to say about his vision for the upcoming film:
This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that. At the end of the movie, I’m hoping that the audience will say either, is this a ghost that turns into a man, or is it a man that turns into a ghost? I’ve got a trilogy in mind here, and I’m not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story. I’m mentally exhausted from origin stories. Luckily, there’s a movie that just came out that helps my cause. In A Quiet Place, the first thing on screen is a card in black and white letters that says Day 89. It doesn’t care about what happened in those first 88 days. There are a couple headlines, but then we are on day 450. That movie doesn’t worry about explaining and giving all the answers. What it said, in that case, was, if you can hang on for a story of survival of this family, this movie will make complete sense for you.”
He went on to admit that he expects to aggravate some of the character’s most passionate fans and compares his idea for the film to the highly controversial and mind-f’ing film, Jacob’s Ladder that you really should check out if you haven’t seen it. When that film ends, fans are left questioning whether they’ve actually just witnessed events in the lives of the characters, or one the drug-induced nightmare of the main character.