Jamie Foxx is set to star in the Spawn movie from Blumhouse Productions, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. This will be Todd McFarlane’s directorial debut from his scripted adaptation of his comic book creation. Foxx will be taking his crack at joining the fanboy world of comic book films portraying the character who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice. After being set up by his on CIA team, he was murdered and set aflame. Upon his death he goes straight to hell for all of his wrong doings on earth, where he makes a deal with the devil to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife. But once he becomes Spawn, Simmons finds himself stuck in a demonic creature shell, and that his wife moved on and married his best friend. The comic follows the pissed off antihero writing his wrong, becoming enbattled with the evils of the city.
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Foxx recounts in a statement to various sites, “A few years back I flew out to Arizona to meet the man behind one of the most incredible comic book characters in the universe… Todd McFarlane. He was taken aback when I told him with the enthusiasm of a young child that more than anything I wanted to put my name in the hat to embody his beloved character Spawn…. 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… and to top things off the young Jason Blum is lending his brilliance to the project! Time to be great!!!! #Spawn.”
The comic was part of McFarlane’s Image Comics in the 1990s. It turned into an animated series on HBO, a live-action film with Michael Jai White in 1997, and a series of toys and video games. McFarlane became a comic book superstar in the late 1980s and early 1990s, due to his work on DC comics Batman and Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man franchise, on which he was the artist to draw the first full appearances of the supervillain Venom.