Updated May 29, 2018: Jamie Foxx has accepted the titular role in creator Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot film, according to Deadline.
McFarlane, who created Spawn in 1992, confirmed Foxx's casting to the Hollywood trade with a picture of himself with Foxx, and offered some new information about what to expect from the film which he is writing and directing himself.
“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," McFarlane told Deadline. "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.”
McFarlane also explained that the story will being in media res - and that Spawn himself will be more of a silent movie monster than a superhero.
“The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk,” McFarlane said. “It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. 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."
Interestingly, Deadline refers to Spawn's human alter ego as "Al Newman," rather than Al Simmons, his name in comic books. The reason for this apparent change is unclear.
Spawn is scheduled for a 2019 theatrical release.
Original Story: Jamie Foxx has been offered the titular role in Blumhouse Productions' live-action Spawn reboot, according to The Hashtag Show. The Django Unchained star is reportedly writer/director/creator Todd McFarlane and casting director Terri Taylor's first choice for the role.
McFarlane has previously said he anticipated beginning filming on this R-Rated Spawn reboot this year for a 2019 theatrical debut.