Way back in the 90s, a group of Marvel writers and illustrators, growing frustrated with the current business model of comic books created Image Comics. Image would allow them to publish their own work, receive a fair pay, and actually retain the ownership rights to their characters. Now, more than 24 years later, Image is doing pretty good. Responsible for such series as The Walking Dead, Outcast (both of which are now TV shows based on Robert Kirkman’s works), Saga, The Maxx, Youngblood, Shadowhawk, and The Savage Dragon. However, there is one Image Comic property that stands out among the rest, Spawn by Todd McFarlane.
Telling the tale of Al Simmons, former government assassin who was betrayed and murdered by his people, Spawn was sent to hell where he made a deal with Malebolgia: (one of many devils) to exchange his soul so that he could see his wife once again and would eventually serve as a general in Hells Arm against Heaven in an upcoming holy war. Simmons was sent to earth 5 years later to a world where his wife remarried his best friend, and he was transformed into a Hellspawn: bearing no resemblance to his past self. Also with a finite of magical ability, he remained on earth dealing with all sorts of characters street gangs, child-killers, demons, vampires, you name it. One of the most interesting characters of the series was Sam and Twitch. The two were a pair of detectives sent who covered various crimes/incidents in the area of New York Spawn operated in known as “Rat City.” Almost everything that happened in Rat City came across the two of them.
McFarlane has been trying to get a reboot of Spawn off the ground for quite some time. The previous cinematic adaptation was not so well received. He has plans for a darker, more horror-based movie in mind. However, Sam and Twitch have also been on the table for their own movie or their own TV show as well. It looks like Sam and Twitch will be heading to the small screen.
SuperGeek Kevin Smith, who is having one hell of a comeback thanks in part to his small screen adventures, will be directing, writing, and executive producing a Sam and Twitch TV show that will appear on BBC America (home of Doctor Who and Orphan Black). BBC America President Sarah Barnett revealed the new project that’s in development.
“They were originally introduced in Spawn, and it’s Todd McFarlane’s comic book series about these big-city homicide detectives who face a series of super grizzly crimes that are connected to the occult. Its kind of frightening and sort of gallows humor. It’s, again, procedural, but in a very modern, contemporary way. So each episode is closed ended, although there are certain character-serialized aspects to the storytelling.”
While Smith isn’t known for police procedurals, or particularly grizzly storytelling, his work on Red State shows that he can do serious stuff and in an effective way. Sam ad Twitch have a great “buddy cop” vibe, so there is room for some of Smith’s Humor.
The show is currently in development, so it’s unknown when a pilot will be ordered and if/when it goes to air.