At first, Todd McFarlane's promise of a dark, comic book-accurate take on Spawn seemed so promising. Set to be produced by Blumhouse, in 2018 Jamie Foxx was almost immediately cast as Spawn and Jeremy Renner as Detective “Twitch” Williams. But then, the project has just never seemed to have gotten off the ground, losing momentum for various reasons. Although, back in May of this year, producer Jason Blum said “there has been an enormous amount of activity on Spawn” and the film was in “very active development”. Now, in an interview with Yahoo this week while promoting his new Netflix film Project Power, Foxx says that the current atmosphere in cinema could push the film into production:
“I surprised Todd McFarlane. I said, ‘Bro, I know that one day you will do this movie, and I hope you will keep me in mind.’ What Black Panther did was let us know that it’s so necessary, and it’s the time. And Spawn is just an interesting character in itself. The heads that are being put together to bring you something special – look out.”
If the movie gets made, it will be the third major screen adaptation of the character following the negatively-received 1997 live-action film from New Line and the 1999 acclaimed Emmy-winning HBO adult animated series that ran for three seasons. McFarlane has also hinted at a new animated work based on the property being in the works, which would seem to indicate he's determined one way or another to bring the hellish antihero back to moving pictures. Stay tuned!