Jamie Foxx has landed the role of Spawn in Todd McFarlane’s big screen directorial debut of his own comic book creation.

Foxx will play the character who started out in the comics as Al Simmons, a member of a CIA black ops team who is betrayed twice. McFarlane has also adapted the script from his own comic book series.

The plot for the project reads; After being set up by his cohorts to be murdered with his corpse set aflame, Newman is double-crossed in Hell. He is convinced to become a Hellspawn warrior in exchange for being able to be reunited with his wife. But Spawn finds himself stuck in a demonic creature shell, and that his wife moved on and married his best friend. So this is one pissed-off antihero who attends to dispatching the scum of the city in good and evil battles that encompass Earth, Heaven and Hell.

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McFarlane has spent many years trying to get this project off the ground but it has finally found it’s home at Jason Blum’s Blumhouse. With an expected low budget between $10-$12 million dollars he intends the picture to be gritty and an R-rated version of his vision. He also wants to stay clear of the cliche origin storyline.

The Spawn creator went on to state; “If you want to see something creepy and powerful where you go, just what the hell was that? I’m not going to explain how Spawn does what he does; he is just going to do it. We’ll eventually do some of the background if we make a trilogy, but that’s not this first movie. The first movie is just saying, do you believe? And if you believe then that’s good because I’m hoping to take you for a long ride with this franchise.

A scheduled release date has not been made available.