There are a couple things in the world that really scream “The 1990′s:” The Spice Girls, Doom and everyone’s favorite horribly burned demonic superhero Spawn. And few comic films scream “watered down version of a somewhat decent premise” than the 1997 live-action Spawn film, which is probably remembered most for having John Leguizamo play a character that was slightly more annoying than every other character he’s played.
Now, Todd McFarlane’s talked for a long time about wanting to do a sequel to Spawn, and it turns out he’s almost done writing it. Newsarama interviewed McFarlane at the New York Toy Fair, where he said:
“I’m 80% through the script, I did my due diligence, went around Hollywood,” McFarlane said, “…I listened to the pitch from all the big studios, but I just went, ‘nah, I need to make this small and tight and contained.’”
“And if we keep the budget small, they’ll allow me to do all of that. [But] if you blow up the budget…and I understand that. I wouldn’t hire me, either. But then I have to give it away.”
I think the operative sentence in that is “I wouldn’t hire me,” which is a remarkably honest thing to say. For me, the question is…does Spawn even matter anymore? Heck, I grew up right in the time when Spawn was the hot property and I can’t bring myself to care even a tiny amount about this. Besides, if I ever have the urge to watch something Spawn, I can just watch the animated HBO series…although I don’t think I’m going to have that urge anytime soon.