Just like Spawn being risen from the dead to carry out demonic vengeance, the reboot is reinvigorated with the news of a potential star.
According to That Hashtag Show, Academy Award nominated actor Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver, Django Unchained) has been offered the title role in Seth McFarlane’s Spawn. Foxx would play Al Simmons/Spawn, a deceased CIA agent who sells his soul to be brought back to life as a demonic avenger. Foxx is being eyed, but he hasn’t taken the role just yet. If he does, then the project is on track for an early August start for shooting. If he ends up declining, a new actor will need to be found and it might take longer for production to begin.
Although Spawn is the title role, it wouldn’t be the lead. It’s based on McFarlane’s comics of the same name, but the focus will instead be on Twitch Williams, a New York homicide detective. McFarlane has said Spawn himself is rarely seen in the script, instead sticking to the shadows and acting as a sort of boogeyman. The plot will involve Twitch and Spawn helping each other out on a case. McFarlane was clearly a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, as he’s previously said he’d want Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of Twitch.
Spawn was first brought to the screen in the panned 1997 film, Spawn. So comic creator Seth McFarlane, who retains full rights to the character, wrote a new script himself that he also plans on directing. The reboot is being produced by horror studio Blumhouse Productions. McFarlane, who’s been adamant on keeping an R-rating, describes it as a “horror movie and a thriller movie”, in contrast to the 1997 film’s superhero genre.
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Source: That Hashtag Show