Confirmed: Jamie Foxx Wants to Play ‘Spawn’ in Movie Reboot

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 30th, 2013 at 12:28 pm,

Jamie Foxx Spawn Movie Confirmed: Jamie Foxx Wants to Play Spawn in Movie Reboot

Given the current onslaught of major comic book movie adaptations, it’s strange to think that there are many fans who not only never saw Spawn (1997), but have never heard of it. The moderately successful adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s cult hit may have been panned by critics, but as one of the darkest comic book films to ever reach the big screen, the creator has refused to let the thought of a reboot die – and he’s not alone.

Our suspicions – put forward months ago when McFarlane claimed to have a star actor interested – have proven true, as Jamie Foxx has now confirmed that he is “aggressively pursuing” the reboot. Will this be the push needed to get an R-Rated Spawn into theaters?

With Foxx on hand at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 thanks to his turn as ‘Electro’ in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the actor was asked by if there were any other projects he’s personally trying to make a reality:

“Spawn is one, yeah. And Mike Tyson. Those are two roles I would just love to do. I’m aggressively pursuing them.”

So the mystery has been solved: it was Jamie Foxx who McFarlane claimed was calling him on a monthly basis for not just a Spawn reboot, but a decade-spanning series of films.

Spawn Movie Reboot Update Confirmed: Jamie Foxx Wants to Play Spawn in Movie Reboot

That quote will likely come as bad news for Michael Jai White (who had hoped to reprise his role in any sequel), but good news for those who felt that while McFarlane may be a household name in the realm of comic books, a more well-known star would be needed to fast-track a reboot. As an Academy-Award-winning actor, Foxx is most certainly that.

However, the odds of seeing a Spawn film in the coming years that is actually faithful to the story and themes McFarlane seems intent on featuring are… less certain. For starters, major movie studios need to decide where they stand on R-Rated comic book adaptations – since the story of a man brought back from Hell to lead an army against Heaven is certainly an adult one.

Look no further than Dredd (2012) for evidence of the studios’ dilemma: an uncompromisingly faithful adaptation of the comic, hard-R-rated, generally liked by critics and fans, and its sequel now relying on fan demand. There’s no denying that an R-Rated film – at this point in time – seems bound to bring in a smaller audience than a watered-down, PG-rated superhero adventure. And (that’s a fact that keeps fans of Deadpool awake at night).

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For years, McFarlane has been working on getting a reboot off the ground after coming to the realization that his best chance for success was writing it himself, with a smaller target audience and scale, even if it meant circumventing a studio system that already bungled the property once:

“I’m 80% through the script, I did my due diligence, went around Hollywood… I listened to the pitch from all the big studios, but I just went, ‘nah, I need to make this small and tight and contained.’”

“And if we keep the budget small, they’ll allow me to do all of that. [But] if you blow up the budget… and I understand that. I wouldn’t hire me, either. But then I have to give it away.”

Now that Jamie Foxx is putting his voice behind the project publicly – while also starring as the villain in one of Sony’s most bankable series – expect to hear more about McFarlane’s once-hopeless reboot soon. We wouldn’t recommend anyone hold their breath just yet, but perhaps Foxx has more prosthetics and CG work in his future.

Do you think a Spawn reboot could work after the first attempt? Or is the lack of R-Rated comic book successes too impossible for studios to overlook? Sound off in the comments.


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Source: [via /Film]

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  1. Ok this is awesome news!

  2. DO IT JAMIE!!!!!!!

    • seriously what is wrong with u people? Jamie foxx as spawn is the worst idea I have ever heard he is not that great of an actor, al simmons aka spawn is a badass motherfu**er, Michael jai white not only had the bulid and martial arts skill set but he was actually a good spawn and wen he gets angry he actually looks scary, I will be sad and very depressed if Michael jai white does not play spawn, he is already awesome in mortal kombat rebirth web series.

      • hear hear! michael jai white is a much better choice as a brooding character with internal anger and hate. much more so than jamie foxx. i would NOT be able to take spawn seriously if it was played by foxx. not to mention he doesn’t have that natural build and athleticism that white does

  3. He wants to play some fish-eggs?! (“Spawn”)

  4. Isn’t it funny that both the roles that Foxx is “aggressively pursuing” have both been portrayed by Michael Jai White in the 90′s?

    • I know right? haha. I can Foxx doing Spawn before I could see him as Tyson. I mean don’t get me wrong he can portray Tyson perfectly but his physic isn’t up to par. As Spawn though hopefully he wears a mask for most of the movie.

      • Yea, I’m not a big Jamie Foxx fan, but I would be interested to see a new Spawn movie, regardless oactor

      • Jamie Foxx is a great, Academy Award winning actor. I would love to see him portray Mike Tyson on film. There is no reason that he could not gain enough muscle mass to make it convincing. There are Hollywood personal trainers and dietitians specifically hired for this sort of thing every day.

        Henry Cavill on Man of Steel… Hugh Jackman on The Wolverine… These guys aren’t normally that massive and ripped.

  5. Spawn is great. Certainly a change from the boy scouts heros.

  6. No thanks. Jamie Foxx is not the right actor, in my opinion, for this character. I’d much rather see Michael Jai White reprise his role, or give an up-and-coming actor a chance at tackling an updated Spawn.

    • No offense, but Spawn already sucked once… Do it RIGHT this time and hire someone with some REAL acting chops. Jamie Foxx has this. He can do it, and would do it very well and WANTS TO! LET HIM DO IT!!! That’s what I have to say.

  7. Hell No!! Just bring back Michael jai white

    • I guess you haven’t watched that campy version in a while, huh? Jai White did nothing in that role. Sorry, do not see the appeal.

  8. It’s one of those never ending questions. “Where on the graft does must and can not meet?” Fans don’t want a PG13 Spawn movie (or Deadpool for that matter). Hollywood doesn’t want to spend the money to make something that has a limited/small investment return. Todd doesn’t want to let a studio do a halfassed version like last time, here’s hoping he sticks to his guns and does it right or not at all.

    • Welcome to the ‘Twilight’ generation. Things have changed vastly in just a few short years. The Z-generation is maturing and taking over. 90% of movies in the coming years will be geared towards them.

      • Truth be told movies are getting bigger and better than ever! …just not ALL of them, or even most of them… True the 1980′s if you are from that era is a golden age of cinema, but looking back on most of those movies today is like watching a time-capsule, the age is apparent and the era even more so. Masters of the Universe could stand reboot. Short Circuit doesn’t need one. I’m not trying to argue the value of nostalgia, which in my opinion is priceless, but movies from the 80′s just don’t feel the same on HD Progressive scan. John Candy’s nostril hairs… No thanks.


  10. This is a situation in which they would be better with an unknown. I kind like Foxx, and think he is under rated as an actor. But an unknown with some fire in the bellow could own this role. It is Spawn- with Foxx in the role the would have him with the cloak off enough to show “Hey, it is Jamie!! Look, look: An established star!!”

    With an unknown (or lesser known), the cloak stays on, and Spawn rules.

    • Al Simmons doesn’t wear a cloak… or a mask. I think if SPAWN gets a second theatrical chance it should be in the form of a complete reboot from the origin. That movie was TRASH!!! I am a huge Spawn comicbook fan and have been since the early 1990s. Start over fresh, Jamie Foxx or not.

  11. Am i the only one that thinks this is a bad idea.
    jaime is just not credible as an action star.

    • Yeah, maybe not as an “ACTION STAR”, but as an actor, and SPAWN is a deep character with a lot of non-action stuff going on that requires more than jumping around and fighting.

  12. I think that Foxx doesnt have the right reputation for that kind of part.. a twisted psycho hero that doesnt care killing neither innocent or guilty.

    • You very clearly do not know who Al Simmons SPAWN is at all.

  13. I really hope they’ll stick with PG-13 *troll face*
    - I am monster, at night i look ugly. *under the moonlight his skin shines with pink*
    twilight girls: Wohooo!

  14. Question: Does M.J.White want to reprise the role? Me personally I’d like to see him take on the role again but does he want it? If he doesn’t get it (M.J. White that is)I’d like to see him take on one of the following roles:
    1. Blade
    2. Black Panther
    3. Luke Cage

  15. Django aside, I’m just not really sure that Foxx is gritty enough for the role, however if it’s another neutered version of the film I’m sure he’d do fine. We need an R rated Spawn, period. If not, the character will never be fully realized on screen.

  16. Yes to Spawn, no to Jamie Foxx, overrated as an actor in action movies and can we stop retreading the same actors in other roles. Additionally, once you pick a comic character to represent (Ryan as Deadpool, Jamie as Electro) can we have a rule that you do not get to pick another character FOREVER.

  17. I think a Spawn reboot could work…if it is a R-rated animated series on HBO, Showtime, Netflix, etc. Some characters shouldn’t go live action…Spawn is one of those. Galactus is another. Ghostrider is another.

  18. They f….. up everything.
    Why not Idris Elba ???

  19. Ugh. No more Jamie Foxx please.

  20. Spawn: Yes.
    Jamie Fox: NO!

  21. No not Jamie Fox. I don’t care how acclaimed he is he looks way too goofy for Spawn!!! Has anyone seen “In Living Color”.

  22. U gotta be out of your damn mind, Jamie fox really there are only two actors that can play AL/SPAWN and that is Michael jai white and Idris elba, if not one can play chapel the other spawn.

  23. bulk up Jamie you would need a few extra pounds, to pull this role off

  24. Nice, also reboot Daredevil and develop Deadpool.

  25. I new it was going to be him as soon as i saw the link on facebook! guy is trying to be in every block buster right now lol

  26. Hell yeah give me more spawn please

  27. Oh yeah give me more spawn please

  28. The new Spawn will have diamond stud ear rings & sing backup for Kanye West.

  29. I don’t mind Jamiee doing it, however they’re going to have to seriously do something about his bassless voice. It’s hard to take him seriously as a dark character with no bass in his voice to even make him sound menacing.