McFarlane, who created the original comic, is on board to write and direct the pic. He will also produce with Jason Blum.
The Spawn character first appeared in print in 1992, and gained popularity in the comics community almost instantly. In 1997, New Line adapted the character into a feature film starring Michael Jai White. HBO also took a crack at the antihero in an animated series that lasted for three seasons, each with six episodes, and earned two Emmy Awards.
In the comics, Spawn is a human-turned-Hellspawn who possesses superhuman strength and speed, and near immortality. Spawn also has the ability to teleport, shapeshift, and heal.
For Foxx, this will mark his second comic book film, having previously played Electro in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” He can be seen next in “Robin Hood: Origins” as Little John and has also recently directed and stars in “All-Star Weekend.” He was most recently seen in Sony’s “Baby Driver.”
He is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment. The Hash Tag Show had originally reported that Foxx had been offered the role and Deadline broke the news that Foxx signed on.