Jamie Foxx Aggressively Pursuing Reboot of Todd McFarlene's 'Spawn'
Next summer, Jamie Foxx will make the leap into comic book territory as the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (watch the teaser from Comic-Con here, and our video blog recap of the footage here). But that's not the only comic character Foxx has his sights on. In an interview at Comic-Con, Movies.com chatted with the actor and asked if there are any other roles he's interested in taking. Foxx very bluntly said, "Spawn is one, yeah. And Mike Tyson. Those are two roles I would just love to do. I'm aggressively pursuing them." Foxx has done biopics with Ray before, so Tyson isn't surprising, but Spawn?
Actually, Spawn isn't all that surprising either. In fact, he seemed to be the most likely suspect following Todd McFarlene's talk this past February about an Oscar winner constantly calling about the status of a new film adaptation. The actor visited McFarlane's offices awhile back and made it clear that he's a big fan of Spawn, and this is just further confirmation that he's trying hard to get the project off the ground. McFarlene previously said, "Every three weeks he’s on the phone going, 'Todd, where’s the script? Todd, where’s the script?'" So clearly it's something he's quite passionate about.
For those who are unaware, Spawn is the hellish resurrected alter ego of a man named Al Simmons, a highly trained assassin who was considered the best. But his superiors decided that he knew too much as he started to question their actions and decided to have him killed. After his death, Simmons made a deal to sell his soul to a Demonic Being known as Malebolgia to get to see his wife again. He was allowed to return to the real world, but was deceivingly sent back five years later as some kind of strange Hellspawn with no memory of what he had done. But slowly, he figures out his past, and seeks revenge.
The adaptation featuring Michael Jai White in the lead back in 1997 was quite the visual effects spectacle (though much of the work hasn't aged well), but the film lacked substance and felt like a wasted opportunity. With someone like Foxx attached, the film might actually have some weight, and have a chance at getting a real budget to get the film off the ground. Of course, fans would likely want the R-rated adaptation that the gritty comic book property essentially needs, and those films aren't too profitable for studios, even if the source material is popular like Spawn. Right now the project is just a gleam in Foxx's eye, but that just might be enough for the film to become a reality if he sticks to his guns. Thoughts?