Jamie Foxx is Spawn!
News broke recently as the geek fandom witnessed one of their iconic anti-hero franchise make a… interesting(?) comeback.
…But is That A Good Thing?
Todd Mcfarlane, creator of Spawn, has finished his script for everyone’s beloved hell-spawn. With the script completed, Mcfarlane’s immediate first choice was none other than Jamie Foxx. On top of that, the film is being produced under BlumHouse Studios, most notably known for doing impressive work with small budgets. The three have come together to bring a newer and fresher take on the one and only, Spawn!
Now time for my personal thoughts…
Is Jamie Foxx still Bankable?
Ya know, I realized something as I began looking up images on Foxx. Nearly every single image that I skimmed through was attached to the Spawn story. To me, the internet is asking what I was asking when I heard the casting choice, which is, “Does anyone even care about Foxx anymore”? I know he’s super talented, considering he has an Oscar but since then, he’s dived into obscurity in the film scene and hasn’t had a successful lead role since Django Unchained. Thank heavens for the Shazaam show otherwise I assume he would only show up in random secondary roles every so often. Despite seeing his lowest state in Amazing Spider Man 2, I know he can really act! I just hope his best features translates over.
Does Spawn Need a Bigger Budget?
Arguably the biggest con owed to the old Spawn(poor Jai White) movie was the terrible CGI. They tried to do something with the minimal budget but in the end, it all was bad. Spawn is a being with a supernatural cape, he can create nearly anything from his on imagination, and nearly every villain he’s faced is an inhuman creature! Everything about Spawn screams “big budget” because no one wants to see him as a human nor without his iconic cape. BlumHouse productions are expecting to give Mcfarlane about 10-12 million dollars, which I imagine would be more than enough if he was doing a YouTube movie. To be fair, Mcfarlane has urged fans to drop all expectations, as this will be something completely different. In an interview with Deadline, McFarlane stated:
“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.”
Maybe… Sorta… Hopefully
After reading his statement , it helps us understand why this may work. Perhaps his vision doesn’t involve him fighting demons in high-action set pieces. Maybe he’s inspiring to create a legitimate superhero horror movie in the same veins as X-Men The New Mutants. If this is true then the only questions to ask is, “can he pull it off.” and, “Is that what Spawn fans want?” We’ll see!