Whether you were a mega-fan or a mega-foe of the 1997 Spawn movie, your interest has probably been piqued by the new Spawn reboot.
Yes, after almost 20 years it's happening, and Comic Book was lucky enough to catch up with writer Todd McFarlane, who spilled on Spawn:
"I've finished the script, and I'm in the process of editing. It's 183 pages, and [producers] usually like 120. I still think it's going to end up being about 140, because I'm putting in details for myself."
Take another look at the 1997 Spawn trailer — how has it aged and is it time for a reboot?
McFarlane, who is planning a range of new Spawn action figures in addition to his scriptwriting duties, makes a nice point about making the new Spawn movie relevant:
"I want to keep it small, keep it tight, so they'll let me direct it! I need to get him back up on the big screen again to make him relevant in a big way, which we will do."
I have a lot of love for '90s comic book/video game adaptations, but it seems that the critical response to 1997's Spawn has not been kind over time: its scores are 5.2/10 (IMDb), 19 % (Rotten Tomatoes) and 34% (Metacritic).
Maybe the new film will be better received — kind of like the increase in audience approval between 1995's Judge Dredd and 2012's Dredd. McFarlane adds:
“I’m curious to see what happens when we go, ‘Spawn’s back and there’s only one,’ to see if we can get a little stampede, get people interested.”