Picture Comics has introduced that Wiip, the manufacturing studio behind the latest critically-acclaimed HBO drama Mare of Easttown, is partnering with Todd McFarlane to develop a brand new “premium drama” TV sequence centered on Sam & Twitch, the human detectives of McFarlane’s widespread Spawn universe. Writers Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg will deal with the difference and act as govt producers for the mission together with McFarlane, Sean Canino of McFarlane Movies, and Paul Lee & Mark Roybal of Wiip.
Detectives Sam Burke and “Twitch” Williams have been staples of the Spawn sequence since its debut in 1991. Along with being supporting characters in Spawn, the pair have additionally headlined a number of sequence of their very own. Their first title ran for 26 points over the course of 5 years, from 1999 till 2004, with the primary nineteen points written by Brian Michael Bendis, his remaining arc that includes an early collaboration with artist Alex Maleev. The pair’s second ongoing sequence, Case Recordsdata: Sam & Twitch, ran for 25 points and was written by Marc Andreyko, with artists together with Scott Morse, Paul Lee, and Greg Scott.
The in-development TV sequence is not going to be the primary time that Sam & Twitch have made the leap from web page to display. The characters appeared within the late ’90s Spawn animated sequence, and in 2017 it was introduced that Kevin Smith and BBC America have been partnering to carry the characters to the small display, although that mission by no means bought out of the event stage (McFarlane’s announcement video for that mission is still viewable on YouTube). In 2018 it was additionally introduced that Jeremy Renner would be playing Twitch within the rebooted Spawn film universe; that movie continues to be reportedly in improvement.
Try the complete textual content of the announcement beneath, and hold a watch out for extra information on the Sam & Twitch TV sequence because it’s revealed.
PORTLAND, Ore. 06/10/2021 — wiip, the impartial studio behind HBO’s hit Mare of Easttown, has partnered with Emmy-winning Spawn creator and director/producer Todd McFarlane to develop Sam and Twitch as a premium tv drama sequence. The mission will probably be based mostly on two of probably the most outstanding characters within the Spawn comedian franchise, which just lately broke the Guinness World Report for the longest-running creator-owned comedian and has offered a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of copies in additional than 120 international locations worldwide. This announcement follows the information that McFarlane’s latest comedian mission, Spawn’s Universe #1 is formally the largest new title launch from Picture Comics within the twenty first century.
Sam and Twitch focuses on Spawn‘s two hottest human characters, detectives Sam Burke and “Twitch” Williams.
Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg will adapt the mission and function govt producers. Smilovic & Katzberg are the creators and showrunners behind the drama sequence Condor, an adaptation of the 1975 function Three Days of the Condor, which airs its second season on Epix within the fall. McFarlane and Sean Canino for McFarlane Movies additionally govt produce with wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.
wiip’s Lee and Roybal are govt producers of the hit HBO restricted sequence Mare of Easttown. The finale, which just lately aired two weeks in the past, set the file because the most-watched episode of an Unique Collection on HBO Max.
“My two detective characters Sam Burke and ‘Twitch’ Williams appeared within the very first situation of Spawn #1 again in 1992. Since then, they’ve change into fan favorites and have branched out into their very own comedian sequence all through the years,” mentioned McFarlane, creator of Spawn. “Their tales, mixing conventional crime noir and the supernatural, is a mixture that I’ve at all times thought would make for an entertaining tv drama. The addition of wiip and the artistic writing abilities of Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg make for a really compelling workforce that all of us hope results in the entertaining present we all know this may be. If you happen to like cool, moody, creepy, odd crime tales, this will probably be your cup of tea!”
Along with creating Spawn, McFarlane can also be the co-founder and President of Picture Comics, the third largest comics writer.
McFarlane can also be greatest recognized for his work because the artist on The Superb Spider-Man. He co-created the character “Venom,” which the function movie of the identical title has amassed a worldwide field workplace whole of greater than $850 million so far.
The trade and followers have acknowledged McFarlane’s award-winning tasks in leisure, comics, publishing, and toys with two Grammy nominations, one Grammy win, two Emmy Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, one Canadian MuchMusic Award, the 2021 Toy of the Yr (TOTY) Award, a Folks’s Alternative Award, and greater than 150 Worldwide awards.
Along with showrunning Condor, Smilovic & Katzberg are connected to pen a function adaptation of Isabella Maldonado’s novel, The Cipher, starring Jennifer Lopez for Netflix. Most just lately, Smilovic & Katzberg tailored Robert Littell’s Chilly Battle Period Novel The Sisters for Pioneer Footage and Thunder Street with Smilovic set to direct. Earlier function credit for Smilovic embody Fortunate Quantity Slevin and the Todd Phillips summer time function Battle Canines, which earned Jonah Hill a Golden Globe nomination within the Greatest Actor–Comedy/Musical class.
Smilovic & Katzberg are repped by CAA, Lit Leisure Group, and legal professional Amy Nickin for Smilovic and Bruce Gellman for Katzberg. Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Movies are repped by CAA.