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 collection centered on Sam & Twitch, the human detectives of McFarlane’s fashionable Spawn universe. Writers Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg will deal with the variation and act as government producers for the challenge 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 collection since its debut in 1991. Along with being supporting characters in Spawn, the pair have additionally headlined a number of collection 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 ultimate arc that includes an early collaboration with artist Alex Maleev. The pair’s second ongoing collection, Case Information: 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 collection won’t 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 collection, and in 2017 it was introduced that Kevin Smith and BBC America had been partnering to convey the characters to the small display, although that challenge by no means obtained out of the event stage (McFarlane’s announcement video for that challenge continues to be viewable on YouTube). In 2018 it was additionally introduced that Jeremy Renner could be taking part in Twitch within the rebooted Spawn film universe; that movie continues to be reportedly in growth.
Try the total textual content of the announcement under, and preserve an eye fixed out for extra information on the Sam & Twitch TV collection because it’s revealed.
PORTLAND, Ore. 06/10/2021 — wiip, the unbiased 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 collection. The challenge will probably be primarily based on two of probably the most outstanding characters within the Spawn comedian franchise, which just lately broke the Guinness World Document for the longest-running creator-owned comedian and has bought tons of of tens of millions of copies in additional than 120 nations worldwide. This announcement follows the information that McFarlane’s latest comedian challenge, 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 challenge and function government producers. Smilovic & Katzberg are the creators and showrunners behind the drama collection 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 government produce with wiip’s Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.
wiip’s Lee and Roybal are government producers of the hit HBO restricted collection Mare of Easttown. The finale, which just lately aired two weeks in the past, set the file because the most-watched episode of an Authentic Collection on HBO Max.
“My two detective characters Sam Burke and ‘Twitch’ Williams appeared within the very first subject of Spawn #1 again in 1992. Since then, they’ve turn out to be fan favorites and have branched out into their very own comedian collection all through the years,” mentioned McFarlane, creator of Spawn. “Their tales, mixing conventional crime noir and the supernatural, is a mix that I’ve at all times thought would make for an entertaining tv drama. The addition of wiip and the inventive writing expertise of Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg make for a really compelling staff that all of us hope results in the entertaining present we all know this may be. In the event you 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 identified 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 collected a worldwide field workplace complete of greater than $850 million up to now.
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 hooked up 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 Warfare Period Novel The Sisters for Pioneer Photos and Thunder Street with Smilovic set to direct. Earlier function credit for Smilovic embody Fortunate Quantity Slevin and the Todd Phillips summer time function Warfare Canine, which earned Jonah Hill a Golden Globe nomination within the Finest Actor–Comedy/Musical class.
Smilovic & Katzberg are repped by CAA, Lit Leisure Group, and lawyer Amy Nickin for Smilovic and Bruce Gellman for Katzberg. Todd McFarlane and McFarlane Movies are repped by CAA.
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