The fall/winter movie season means that many Oscar hopefuls will be hitting cinemas in order to compete for the grand prize. With an all-star cast and powerful message behind it, Just Mercy has all the ingredients of a potential award winner.
Based on the memoir of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson as he moves to Alabama to help those wrongly convicted heinous crimes and cannot afford proper representation. He then decides to represent Walter McMillian, a man convicted of killing an 18-year-old girl despite there being evidence that proves his innocence.
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The film follows the trial of McMillian as well as the formation of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit started by Stevenson that provides legal representation for those who may have been denied a fair trial.
Jamie Foxx plays McMillian, while Brie Larson also stars as local advocate Eva Ansley. Tim Blake Nelson and O’Shea Jackson Jr. also star.
Comic book antihero Spawn is known as one of the most violent and memorable comic book characters of the 90s. An assassin who is betrayed by his government and becomes a demon of hell, Spawn uses his powers to rid New York City of crime in bloody fashion.
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The series was made popular by an animated adaptation on HBO that lasted for two seasons and a film adaptation with Michael Jai White as the title character, as well as several appearances in various video games. A new film adaptation from the producers of Get Out starring Jamie Foxx is currently in development, but that’s not the only new project Spawn will be starring in.
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Speaking to ComicBook.com, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane confirmed that he is developing two new animated series based on Spawn, one for children and one for adults. The new shows will begin development after the film, of which McFarlane is directing.
“We’re talking right now. I just had a couple meetings this weekend about a couple different animation looks, both something that we can get kids in at a younger age and then get them into the sort of crack cocaine version of Spawn. And then do the adult one. So we’re talking about that. I think both of those come after the movie.”
Considering the violent nature of the series, it will be interesting to see how a kids’ version of the character come to life.