If you know the story of Spawn, then you know how the original character left the comic book world. It was sad, and I stopped reading after Al Simmons left. Okay things happened some people may not know about, so I’m not going to spoil it for them. I don’t like how he ended the series, because he was the bomb. I don’t like the new characters, but that just me. Read it, and you’ll understand what I’m writing. Jamie Foxx the villain in the next years Amazing Spider-Man wants to make a new Spawn move happen.
In 1997, Spawn was brought to the big screen. Many didn’t like the movie, but I thought it was good. I was surprised to hear at the end of the VHS that I bought, that Todd McFarlane, the creator, speak about when he came up with the idea and how it mirrors the character in my comic book a bit. I’m still struggling to see mine as he has had Spawn out for a little over 20 years now.
Jamie Foxx is set to terrorize Peter Parker next summer in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, playing the charged-up villain Electro. But playing Max Dillon isn’t the end of Foxx’s comic-book movie ambitions. In a new interview, the Oscar-winning actor revealed a dream project he wants to star in: an adaptation of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn.
“Spawn is one, yeah,” Foxx told Movies.com when asked about movies he wants to make happen. “And Mike Tyson. Those are two roles I would just love to do. I’m aggressively pursuing them.”
Foxx as Tyson is a big project on its own, but his “aggressive” desire to play Al Simmons is especially interesting for comic book fans. Previously, Michael Jai White played Spawn in the 1997 film that didn’t receive the kindest reviews, while Keith David lent his voice to the demonic antihero for HBO’s animated series. In today’s world of constant comic-book movie releases, another Spawn is all but inevitable, especially considering that McFarlane wants to make the movie himself.
“Since [Spawn is] floating out there, someone’s always bugging me and going, ‘We’re looking to [buy] this independent stuff because we can’t get the X-Men or Spider-Man or Superman… so when are you going to let us have a shot at this?’” McFarlane told CBR News in 2010. “It’s been happening for the last few years nonstop, and it’s time for me to take advantage of it by finishing the script, trying to make the deal and see if I can direct it.”
Almost three full years have passed since that interview, with little public movement on the movie’s development. Perhaps Foxx’s announced interest will finally bring Spawn back to life.
I look forward to seeing what will happen next with Spawn, and if Jamie Foxx will be the lead or what he would do within the movie. I really do think we need a lesser-known character like Spawn to jump onto the screen in 3D, especially now that technology has gotten better, and things will look more real in the CGI in the next Spawn film. I just hope it happens in the next couple years. Words are cheap, action speaks more clearly. Come on Mr. McFarlane let’s move from talking to doing.
Forrest L. Rawls