Jeremy Renner (The Avengers films) is joining Jamie Foxx in writer and director Todd McFarlane’s Spawn reboot, which is the first film of a planned trilogy. Renner will play Detective “Twitch” Williams, an NYPD homicide detective who is partnered with Sam in the comics but will likely just team up with Jamie Foxx’s Al Simmons (Spawn) in the Blumhouse production.
“As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts,” McFarlane told Deadline. “I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie.”
Jason Blum added: “Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character.”
The R-rated film is expected to cost about $10 to $12 million to make. A distributor is not on board yet, but McFarlane and Blum are eyeing a fall start.
Spawn first appeared in 1992’s Spawn #1. Al Simmons, once the U.S. government’s greatest soldier and most effective assassin, was mercilessly executed by his own men. Resurrected from the ashes of his own grave in a flawed agreement with the powers of darkness, Simmons is reborn as a creature from the depths of Hell. A Hellspawn. Now Spawn must choose between his life on Earth and his place on a throne in Hell.
The property was previously made into a 1997 feature film starring Michael Jai White.