Blumhouse has really been slaying it in terms of box office records, movie announcements and casting this year!
Jamie Foxx has officially been cast to star in the Blumhouse upcoming Spawn reboot. Foxx will star as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who was betrayed multiple times by his higher command and partners. After being betrayed one final time, he is sent to hell where he is coerced into becoming a Hellspawn fighter, in order to get his life back and be reunited with his wife. However, he pays the price for a bargain that can never happen. His wife has marries his best friend, and his city starts to fall apart. With his new abilities, Spawn becomes an ‘anti-hero’ and begins taking out the baddest of the bad in the city.
Spawn creator, Todd McFarlane, is excited about Blumhouse picking up his creation. In a recent interview with Deadline, he talked about his hopes with Blumhouse steering the wheel that it will leave people pondering the ‘what if’ factor:
“The scariest movies, from Jaws to John Carpenter’s The Thing, or The Grudge and The Ring, the boogeyman doesn’t talk. It confuses people because of the comic book industry, and because they all default into their Captain America mindset and I keep saying, no, get into John Carpenter’s mindset or Hitchcock. This is not a man in a rubber suit, it’s not a hero that’s going to come and save the damsel. It’s none of that. At the end of the movie, I’m hoping that the audience will say either, is this a ghost that turns into a man, or is it a man that turns into a ghost? I’ve got a trilogy in mind here, and I’m not inclined in this first movie to do an origin story. I’m mentally exhausted from origin stories. Luckily, there’s a movie that just came out that helps my cause. In A Quiet Place, the first thing on screen is a card in black and white letters that says Day 89. It doesn’t care about what happened in those first 88 days. There are a couple headlines, but then we are on day 450. That movie doesn’t worry about explaining and giving all the answers. What it said in that case was, if you can hang on for a story of survival of this family, this movie will make complete sense for you.”
For those who are wondering how Jamie Foxx stumbled upon the role, it actually dates back quite a few years ago! McFarlane and Foxx discussed the role before, and he was someone that was embedded in McFarlane’s mind. His enthusiasm was one that McFarlane simply could not forget. After all, it was Foxx that reignited the idea in the creators mind for the remake to become a reality.
“Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it. I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script, you sort of plug people in, and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him. When I got done and my agents and everybody was talking about what actor, I said, I’m going to Jamie first and until he says no I don’t want to think about anyone else because I’ve never had anyone else in my head. Luckily, he hadn’t forgotten either. I said, ‘Hey, I’m back to talk about Spawn again, and he was like, let’s do it.’”
Also sharing in this casting enthusiasm is none-other than Blumhouse founder Jason Blum, who in a recent statement raved about Foxx being selected for the role:
“We are thrilled Jamie Foxx will be playing the title role in our movie adaptation of Spawn. He is an incredible actor and a huge fan of the Spawn Universe that Todd McFarlane created. With the depth of talent Jamie can commit to the role and Todd at the helm bringing the world of Spawn to life, we could not be more excited for this film.”
Are you excited to see Jamie Foxx in the role?
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She is currently co-authoring a novel called ‘Snow Falls’. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree in Business. When she isn’t writing, she is co-owner of a film production studio called ‘Valentine Productions LLC’ and she frequently spends her weekends acting in films, or being a stuntwoman.