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Spawn’s Jamie Foxx Says Reboot Is Special

Jamie Foxx says the Spawn reboot is “special and original,” compares film to The Joker.

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Word of a sequel has been swirling ever since the Spawn movie released in 1997. However, getting said film made has been nothing but difficult for Todd McFarlane. Now, Jamie Foxx says the reboot is “special and original,” compares film to The Joker.

“I will tell you this. I talk to Todd and the thing is that we want to craft something that is so special because I remember seeing the first Spawn movies and then seeing the HBO versions and so we have something that is almost like an original, without giving too much away,” Foxx said to ComicBook.com. “But it starts in a way that is so cool. And it’s not big budget, you know? And that’s what I love about it. It’s sort of like how when they did The Joker. The Joker, yes, is here, but the story about this man who was in fire, it’s the same with what we’re doing with this. And so, we’re just like, just getting this right, cooking it right, but staying in contact, keeping the energy going and when we lay it on you, there’s gonna be some moments where you go “oh man.” You’ve been watching everybody shoot their shot and now we’re getting ready to shoot ours.”

Rebooting Spawn has been in development hell since 1998. Things started moving in the right direction in 1996 when McFarlane announced he had completed the film’s script. In July 2017, Blumhouse Productions confirmed their involvement with the film and McFarlane on-board to direct. May 2018, Foxx was reveal to be starring as the titular character, while Jeremy Renner (Avengers, The Town) would star as Detective Twitch. After a missed start date and the success of The Joker, the film restarted development. The reboot was set to go into production in 2020, but again was delayed due to the pandemic. In 2021, screenwriter Brian Tucker (Broken City) had been hired to rewrite McFarlane’s screenplay. In July 2022, McFarlane said he has a big announcement coming up and is already teasing what’s in store.

“I get it, because we’re living in a weird time, in the pandemic, and nobody wants to say anything, because you don’t know what’s going to happen and whatever else,” McFarlane explained. “But we as a collective team are doing what needs to be done to keep this moving. We put a little bit of pressure on ourselves to say, ‘Can we have by midyear something really big and tangible to go public with?’ Which is not only to backtrack on the people we’ve added, but to also say, ‘And we sold it to a studio.’ Something that’s really tangible. That it’s like we’re not just farting around.”

“I know when people don’t get concrete names and information and stuff, and when I have to say, ‘Stuff’s happening,” said McFarlane.

Spawn (1997) Was A Financial Success

While Spawn was a success with $87.9 million in the box office on a $45 million budget, the quality of the movie and fan reception wasn’t so nice. On Rotten Tomatoes the film has a score of 17% based on reviews from 46 critics. The website’s consensus states: “Spawn is an overbearing, over-violent film that adds little to the comic book adaptation genre.”

The only bright side to Spawn was the acting of John Leguizamo (Ice Age, Chef) as Clown / Violator. However, McFarlane did pave the way for the more dark and gritty comic book movies.

The fact that McFarlane and Foxx are even talking to the media about the project is a good sign things are moving along. Rebooting Spawn starring a classic comic book character by one of the great comic book minds of our generation is going to be worth the wait.

Stay tuned to Capes and Tights for any more updates on the Spawn front.

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Loki Writer Tapped For Avengers: Secret Wars

The success of Loki and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Marvel has called upon Michael Waldron to write Avengers: Secret Wars.

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The success of the first season of Loki and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios has called upon writer Michael Waldron to write Avengers: Secret Wars.

Waldron, known for his Primetime Emmy Award winning writing on Rick and Morty, was called upon to create Loki for Disney+ in 2021 which according to Kevin Feige was the most-watched Marvel Studios Disney+ as of May 2022. That success lead to Feige brining Waldron on Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness to rewrite the film’s script.

Avengers: Secret Wars will be the second of two Avengers films releasing in 2025. The film has yet to name a director, but is set to release on November 7, 2025 and close out the sixth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first of the two Avengers films will see Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings‘ Destin Daniel Cretton directing with recently announced Jeff Loveness onboard to write the script.

Secret Wars will loosely be based on the story arcs with the same name from Marvel Comics released in 1984 and 2015. The name will likely be the only real connection to the comics, but as of right now no plot details are officially known.

Waldron will have a busy next few years, as he is not only writing the screenplay for Secret Wars, but has been called upon to write the untitled Feige produced Star Wars film. However, this information is more of a rumor than fact as Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy denied that the film was in active development.

More and more news still to come about the future of the MCU with only four projects announced for phase six.

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The Last Of Us Teaser Trailer Sets The Tone

HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming video-game adaptation The Last of Us, and it definitely sets the tone for the series.

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HBO has released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming video-game adaptation The Last of Us, and it definitely sets the tone for the series.

The bleak trailer portrays a similar feel to the cult-classic 2013 video game giving fans hope the series will pay homage and respect the original source material. Adapting video games to television or film has never really been a super successful endeavor in the past with few exceptions. The trailer used the song “Alone and Forsaken” by Hank Williams.

The post-apocalyptic drama tv series set to air on HBO in 2023. The Last of Us was developed by Naughty Dog, the series will follow Joel played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian), a smuggler tasked with escorting the teenage Ellie portrayed by Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones, Becoming Elizabeth) across a post-apocalyptic United States. It will also feature Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., True Detective) as Joel’s younger brother Tommy, Merle Dandridge (Station 19, Greenleaf) as resistance leader Marlene, and Anna Torv (Mindhunter, Fringe) as Joel’s smuggler partner Tess.

The first season will consist of ten episodes written by Craig Mazin (Borderlands, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and Neil Druckmann; the latter wrote and directed the game.

The Last of Us will debut in 2023, in the meantime take the opportunity to play the game to prepare yourself for what looks to be an outstanding HBO series.

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2024 Fantastic Four Film Grabs Writing Team

The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters.

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The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.

The duo will join director Matt Shakman on the film to start forming what the movie will look like when it’s released as part of the sixth phase of the MCU slate of films. The relatively unknown writers penned the in-development film Disaster Wedding from director Max Barbakow. Deadline’s report suggests Kaplan and Springer have been working on the film for a moment, even before the hiring of Shakman as director.

Fantastic Four‘s creative team have a big challenge ahead of them as the first few attempts at the film with the super team have all fallen short. The Fantastic Four are some of the oldest and most beloved teams in Marvel Comics history and deserve a film that lives up to the teams lore. The 2005 film was dreadful and the sequel in 2007 also failing. Josh Trank, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Kinberg attempted a reboot in 2015, when 20th Century Fox still owned the rights, which was one of the worst rated comic book movies of all-time.

The MCU reboot will hit theaters as the first film in phase six on November 8, 2024 setting up what will end up being one of the greatest years in MCU history. At least that is the hope for Marvel and comic book movie fans around the world.

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