Todd McFarlane’s “Spawn” has seen two adaptations for the screen so far – a live-action New Line film in 1997 that was not well regarded, and an incredibly dark and violent 1999 three season HBO animated series that felt far truer to the character.
Since then there’s been the odd talk of either a TV series or movie revival of the property, but so far not much has happened. Speaking with ComicBook.com, McFarlane himself has revealed that he’s at least trying to pitch a new take and has recently finished a script:
“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.”
In the comics, the character is a highly trained soldier resurrected after being sent to hell. Due to the material, any film adaptation would require a hard R-rating – the previous film adaptation often struggled with the PG-13 rating it was saddled with. Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke, and Martin Sheen starred in that take.