Spawn Star Michael Jai White Isn’t Sure About the Reboot & Addresses Potential Return

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  • Michael Jai White is open to returning to the Spawn franchise if asked, and finds the idea of creator Todd McFarlane directing it interesting.
  • The Spawn reboot has been in development since 2007 and will now star Jamie Foxx as the title character, which White approves of.
  • White believes that the sequel should be a dark and badass film, staying true to the original comic book or cartoon, and going for an R rating.


Action movie star Michael Jai White has offered his thoughts on the Spawn franchise. The actor starred as the title comic book character back in 1997, but while it didn’t ‘spawn’ a franchise of its own (too much?), a reboot has been on the cards for some time. Speaking with ComicBookMovie.com, White revealed that if he was asked to return, he would be interested, and thinks the idea of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane directing would be “interesting.”

“If I was invited to do it, then I’d apply myself toward it, but I mean, I think it’s been talked about for a very long time. And it seems that Todd McFarlane has been leading that conversation. I didn’t quite understand. I mean, I guess, there was talk about him directing it, but he had never directed before, so I thought that was kind of strange. It’d be a huge budget. All the power to him, but that would be an interesting decision to make.”

The Spawn reboot has been in development for years, since 2007 in fact, with Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx now set to star as the title character. White went on to give his approval to Foxx in the role, but does not necessarily agree with the approach that was pitched to him in the past.

“I have respect for the fan base that put me where I am. I would be there. But yeah, I don’t quite understand what the concept is. I know Todd mentioned the concept of not seeing the character and be kind of like Jaws, like you can’t really see it but it’s there. He described something to me that I didn’t agree with. I didn’t think it would work. I don’t know if he’s still doing that, but I think that to do a sequel is to do it as a hard R and make it very dark and badass. I think it needs to be like the cartoon or plain and simple: the comic book. Outside of that, I don’t think I’d be interested in doing it if it wasn’t going for the jugular.”

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The Spawn Reboot Is Expected to Finally Be Released in 2025

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Created by Todd McFarlane in the early 90s, Spawn begins life as an assassin named Albert Francis Simmons before being murdered and making a deal to become a Hellspawn. While he begins by doing Hell’s bidding, Spawn soon finds a new purpose in stopping evil, battling street gangs and organized crime as a demonic antihero.

The 1997 attempt starring Michael Jai White was sadly torn apart by critics, with McFarlane hoping to craft a great first movie with the hopes of launching a franchise.

“Image Comics and the Spawn comic book are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. So, I’ve got well over 300 characters in my universe. Again, they’re not all equal to Spawn, but they exist. Do I think there’s a way to branch out from Spawn into the Spawn Universe? Yes.”

The Spawn reboot is now expected to be released next year, with founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum, revealing the release window last year.

“2025 is when Spawn is going to come out. I stand by that. I stand by that.”

Michael Jai White, meanwhile, can currently be seen in the action sequel One More Shot alongside Scott Adkins and Outlaw Johnny Black, the spiritual sequel to his action-comedy Black Dynamite. Check out the One More Shot trailer below.

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