Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Jamie Foxx to Star in SPAWN Reboot for Director Todd McFarlane

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Jamie Foxx is set to star in the long-gestating "Spawn" reboot directed by comic creator Todd McFarlane. The reboot has been teased for years and with Foxx on board to star in the lead role, things might finally move forward a little faster.

"Spawn" tells the story of Al Simmons, a highly trained Force Recon Marine, who is recruited for black ops missions by the CIA, and is subsequently betrayed and killed. His soul is sent to Hell for his deeds as a CIA operative, where he strikes a deal to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to see his wife one last time. Endowed with a demonic symbiotic armor, he becomes an antihero who takes on the city's criminal elements and becomes involved in a battle between Heaven, Earth and Hell.

The first attempt to bring Spawn to the big screen was in 1997, starring Michael Jai White, but the film's modest commercial success killed any plans for a franchise. McFarlane's reboot will be produced by Jason Blum's Blumhouse, and it won't be a classic origin story:
"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."


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