[Update: During the show, actor Jamie Foxx spoke with Movies.com about how he was “aggressively pursuing” the role of the supernatural vigilante/(s)pawn of hell. We’ve included a full update after the jump.]
Image Comics co-founder, prolific toymaker, and big-time hockey fan Todd McFarlane is adding another title to his resume: screenwriter. He’s currently cranking out the script for another screen version of enduring comic creation “Spawn,” and he sat down with MTV Geek host Steven Smith during San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the status of that long-gestating project.
The “Spawn” creator has long been vocal about his dissatisfaction with the previous adaptation of the comic, the 1997 film from New Line and director Mark A.Z. Dippé, which hit theaters during the year of “Batman & Robin” with a PG-13 rating, John Leguizamo in a fat suit, and Martin Sheen looking as though he wished he were doing something else entirely.
McFarlane says that he’s about a third of the way through the script with an Academy Award-winning actor waiting in the wings for the second feature about Spawn, the trained killer turned vigilante and unwitting servant of hell.
Who could the actor be? If McFarlane is sticking with original series hero Al Simmons, the pool of black actors who’ve won the award (and are in the age range) is pretty slim, leaving us with Cuba Gooding Jr. (who’s a long way from his 1996 “Jerry Maguire” win) and Jamie Foxx who’s getting into the superhero movie game next year as Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” In recent years, the mantle of the Hellspawn has been taken up by coma victim and amnesiac Jim Downing, following Al Simmons’ suicide.
Speaking with Movies.com, Jamie Foxx was running down a pair of his dream roles–one, troubled boxer Mike Tyson. The other? Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. “Spawn is one, yeah. And Mike Tyson. Those are two roles I would just love to do. I’m aggressively pursuing them,” the “Ray” and “Miami Vice” actor told Movies.com. It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine McFarlane tailoring his script to the actor, who’s already proven that he can do a great, conflicted badass with last year’s “Django Unchained” for Quentin Tarantino.
He’s also been dropping hints that his Electro might not be a one and done villain in “Amazing Spider-Man 2,” telling Movies.com “You can shut it off, but it’s still somewhere. Look, I’m just happy and humbled to be in this one and hopefully do right by the fans in making Electro someone who has different sides.”
Watch the complete Todd McFarlane interview here.