Over at the Comic Book Resources mothership, news editor Kiel Phegley has posted an interview with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane about his plans for bringing Al Simmons to the silver screen for a second round. Now that Spawn #200 is finally set to arrive in stores this January after several months of delays, McFarlane says he's able to turn the new Spawn film into a top priority for 2011.
"I've been spending a lot of time with my company during the downturn of the economy and making sure we all live to tell about it, if you will," the artist told CBR News before explaining that the long-gestating "Spawn" movie he's been writing and plans on directing will finally become a front and center concern moving forward. "Now that I've finished #200, I've got some time on the schedule – which was really my biggest enemy – to actually do all the things I need to do. And #1 on the list is finish the script to the movie. That's what's aggravating the most people in Hollywood. They just go, 'Todd! When are we going to get the damn thing?' So I need to finish #200 and give a little guidance to the guys moving forward because we're in capable hands after that, but I'm there to help clean up the writing.
"But the next big move is to look at the animation and the movie and get proactive with it instead of just talking about it. That's the biggest thing on my agenda in 2011."
If it feels like McFarlane has talked about his second Spawn movie for years now, that's because he has. Whether 2011 brings meaningful developments on the character's big screen resurrection or not remains to be seen, but our fingers are crossed that McFarlane gets a move on in the new year — preferably with Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo far from sight.