In an exclusive post from Deadline, the news was announced that Jamie Foxx will play Spawn in the upcoming Todd McFarlane’s Blumhouse Productions adaptation of Spawn.
The new R-rated re-imagining is Image President, co-founder and Spawn creator, Todd McFarlane’s film directorial debut. McFarlane, an Emmy/Grammy-winning producer/director is also on board as screenwriter and co-producer with Blumhouse.
“There are five or six moments where I’m going to need things from my actors, and a couple of them have to come from Jamie, and I’ve seen him deliver them onscreen,” said McFarlane.
“He gets into a zone, with body language and a look that basically will say way more than anything I could type on a piece of paper, and this movie is going to need those moments. In the odd moment where he has to deliver a line that’s short, curt, and has impact, he can do it in a way that makes you go, ‘Whoa, I don’t want to mess with that guy. What a badass.’”
Spawn sold 1.7 million copies at the time it was released, and is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books. It sold hundreds of millions of copies in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages.
The comic has previously been adapted into an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO, as well as a New Line Cinema feature film that grossed more than $100 million.