Comic book publisher Todd McFarlane recently spoke about his desire to see his creation, Spawn, return to the big screen in a stripped-down sequel to the 1997 Spawn movie adaptation. The original movie had a budget of $40 million and made a modest profit, but McFarlane said that he has been trying to convince studios that he can make the movie for a fraction of that budget.
McFarlane updated the status of his efforts to revive Spawn in an interview with MTV, saying that he did his "due diligence" in talking to the "big studios," but he doesn't think he "can get, and be satisfied with" what the studio system has to offer him.
I mean, they can offer a big budget, big stars, and probably make a lot more money. But, I just think that, story wise, I'm going to be a little bit dissatisfied. And, I just think that keeping it at that small budget — I keep telling them that I can make it for ten million bucks...
McFarlane said that he may decide to self-finance, in which case he is prepared to "take [his] lumps if it doesn't work."