Usually when we hear talk about a remake or reboot, it’s studios who are gunning for the thing. We don’t often hear that an Oscar-winning actor is the one pursuing a reboot. But alas, Jamie Foxx is said to be “aggressively pursuing” the role of the comic-book character Spawn in Todd McFarlane‘s long-awaited reboot.
During Comic-Con, while talking to Movies.com (via /Film) his Electro role in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man sequel, Foxx revealed that Spawn is one of the projects he’s gunning for, that along with the movie about Mike Tyson.
“Those are two roles I would just love to do. I’m aggressively pursuing them.”
In 1997, Michael Jai White starred in the original Spawn. This was the first time that a superhero movie featured a black actor as the lead. Todd McFarlane, who created the character, has long said that he wants to reboot the film; he wants it to be “harsh and gritty, with an R-rating.” His Spawn is a reluctant soldier of the Devil, who was once a mercenary named Al Simmons, but was killed before coming back to Earth.
Besides saying that he wants to reboot the superhero movie, McFarlane told MTV in February that he was writing the new movie and had an Academy Award-winning actor in mind. Add to this Foxx’s comments, and it looks like we have a pretty solid reboot in the works.
What do you think? Would you like to see Jamie Foxx play Spawn in a remake?