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Usually when an actor says he’s interested in a role, it’s little more than talk. As a rule, few actors are ever going to turn town a role via an interview, and even when they specify something they want to play, that doesn’t mean it is anywhere close to happening.

But when an actor who is also a producer says he’s “aggressively pursuing” a role, that’s different. That’s how Jamie Foxx talked about the comic book character Spawn in an interview at Comic Con. The character is a soldier murdered and condemned to hell, who is able to return to Earth as a “hellspawn,” a role against which he ultimately rebels. The character anchored a 1997 film starring Michael Jai White — the first major film featuring a black superhero as the lead — but creator Todd McFarlane wants to reboot Spawn in a new movie form.

Put Foxx’s comment together with a past tease from McFarlane about having an Oscar-winning actor attached to the role for a reboot, and a picture starts to form.

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Remakes of decades-old films are a common sight at the multiplex these days, but even by those standards Identity Films and Flat Penny Films are reaching pretty far back. The two companies have just acquired the rights to Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play State of the Union, which was adapted into a movie by Frank Capra in 1948.

That picture starred Spencer Tracy as a presidential candidate backed by a newspaper magnate, played by Angela Lansbury. Katharine Hepburn portrayed Tracy’s estranged wife. While State of the Union isn’t really considered a career highlight for any of them, they still leave some big shoes for the new cast to fill. [Variety]

After the jump, things take a turn for the spooky with new Carrie and Evil Dead images.

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How are Plastic Man, Batgirl, Wonder Woman and Supergirl going to make it onto Cartoon Network? Which comic books worth upwards of $2m did a Virginia man find in his closet? Is Todd McFarlane still working on a new Spawn movie?  Want to see some unused posters from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance? And is the above image an actual still from Tim Burton‘s Batman or something tangible? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Todd McFarlane is about to cross the two-hundred issue line with Spawn — hell of an achievement for a non-Marvel or DC book, no matter what you think of the title. That sort of longevity arguably affords him some indulgence to talk up another Spawn film. There’s obviously an audience for the book, and consequently there could be one for another film.

And, much to my surprise, as he talks about what he wants out of another movie, I find myself agreeing with him. It’s easy to dismiss Mr. McFarlane as an egocentric blowhard (I’ve certainly done it more often than not) and, while I’ve never bought into his vision of Spawn per se, I can’t deny that his description of a low-budged, constrained comic book film is more appealing than many other comic-related pitches out there. Read More »

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The next sentence should be considered an open letter to Todd McFarlane. Todd, please don’t ever change; your massive ego and grandiose plans never fail to entertain us. According to MTV, McFarlane has Leonardo DiCaprio in mind to head up the cast of the new Spawn film. Not as Spawn, because that would just be ridiculous, but as the guy chasing Spawn. Wait, it gets better. “It’s not a big special-effects movie,” says McFarlane, “it’s a character movie, so I could shoot it in 40-50 days and you don’t have to budget that much time.” He even refers to the potential project as a “Godfather-type movie”. Still not amused? There’s more after the jump. Read More »

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Wolverine MilkIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley marvel at the new trailer for District 9, discuss the new batch of remakes that Hollywood is mulling over this week, reflect on the relative hopelessness of Eclipse, and spend 55 minutes conducting a review/therapy session over the fate of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Special guests Elisabeth Rappe from Cinematical and Neha Tiwari from DL.TV join us.

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Todd McFarlane In Talks To Make A New Spawn Movie

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It’s been a week of reboot news, and tonight is no different. Comic book artist/writer turned entrepreneur Todd McFarlane tells IESB that he’s got “five offers on the table” for a new Spawn movie, ranging from big studio to smaller scale. Todd says that he’s leaning towards the latter, which would “keep it down, keep it dark, keep it grungy”, comparing his idea to “The Departed with something moving in the shadows.”

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