Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The SPAWN Reboot Gets Its Star...

An illustration depicting Jamie Foxx as 2019's SPAWN.

Earlier today, Todd McFarlane announced on social media that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx will portray Al Simmons and his hell-born alter ego in McFarlane's 2019 movie Spawn. Unlike the 1997 film of the same name—which starred Michael Jai White as Spawn, was rated PG-13 (the comic book itself contained R-rated material), and had a budget of $40 million—the new flick will be R-rated and presumably have a budget of around $12 million. Produced by Blumhouse (which released such memorable horror flicks as Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge, Happy Death Day and last year's Best Picture nominee Get Out), Spawn would have a story that's portrayed in the same manner as the recent hit film A Quiet Place...directed and starred by 13 Hours' John Krasinski, as well as his wife, Sicario's Emily Blunt. Much like how A Quiet Place only had two or three scenes with spoken dialogue in them, Spawn would rely mostly on non-verbal cues by Jamie Foxx to convey the brooding nature of the hellish antihero.

Since Spawn will only cost around $12 million to make, I reckon that the Violator will be too expensive to feature in the upcoming flick! With the advanced state of today's computer-generated effects, however, I'm sure that a more fearsome iteration of Spawn's demonic arch-nemesis would look better than the 1997 version (shown below). McFarlane wants his movie (which marks his big-screen directorial debut) to be like A Quiet Place... He should be inspired by how frightening the blind but sharp-fanged monsters were in Krasinski's film—and how bad-ass they looked—if he were to do a new take on the Violator! I'm lookin' forward to this flick, as Spawn is one of my all-time favorite titles from Image Comics. That is all.

Spawn (Michael Jai White) with the Violator standing behind him...in the original 1997 film SPAWN.

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