Jamie Foxx Teases Long-Gestating Spawn Reboot, Compares it to Joker

Another update has just arrived about the Spawn reboot that just can’t seem to make its way out of development hell, though this one appears to be promising. As it stands, only one live-action Spawn movie has made it to theaters with the widely-panned film starring Michael Jai White releasing in 1997. Plans for a sequel were eventually abandoned after the movie tanked, and though there have been attempts for years to get a reboot going, cameras have yet to start rolling on a new Spawn film.

By 2018, however, significant progress seemed to have been made when Jamie Foxx boarded the project to star in the lead role. At one point, it was also reported that Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) would be co-starring alongside Foxx as well. Ultimately, filming was postponed indefinitely thought the project wasn’t outright canceled. It had since been placed on ice, leaving fans skeptical that the film will ever see the light of day.


Fortunately for Spawn fans, Foxx appeared to be very optimistic about how things are going with Spawn in a new chat with ComicBook.com. The actor said he’s conversed with Todd McFarlane about their goal to present a new Spawn film that’s different from the others to come before it, such as the live-action theatrical film and the animated series on HBO.

“I will tell you this. I talk to Todd and the thing is that we want to craft something that is so special because I remember seeing the first Spawn movies and then seeing the HBO versions and so we have something that is almost like an original, without giving too much away.”

Foxx then explained how the success of Joker helped get Spawn back on track, as the new Spawn will similarly utilize a smaller budget compared to most other superhero-based movies.

“But it starts in a way that is so cool. And it’s not big budget, you know? And that’s what I love about it. It’s sort of like how when they did the Joker. The Joker, yes, is here, but the story about this man who was in fire, it’s the same with what we’re doing with this. And so, we’re just like, just getting this right, cooking it right, but staying in contact, keeping the energy going and when we lay it on you, there’s gonna be some moments where you go “oh man.” You’ve been watching everybody shoot their shot and now we’re getting ready to shoot ours.”

Todd McFarlane Wants the New Spawn in Theaters

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One possible snafu holding up production could be in where the movie will end up. Todd McFarlane is insistent that Spawn should at least start in theaters, as he feels it would be much harder to get any potential sequels or spinoffs out of the project should it go straight to streaming. As he previously told ComicBook.com:

“The answer is you should probably think about it. What if one of the big networks come out and draw up a ton of cash and say they want to make it a streaming movie? My only hesitation for that kind of deal right now is that there’s no data that I can think of that somebody’s been able to build a [movie] franchise starting as a streaming [series]. [Franchises] start in the theaters, then you can do side movies, then you can go to a series spun off from it.”

In any case, for the fans waiting to see it, let’s hope the film can finally end up happening, as it’s gotta be now or never.