Kevin Smith (‘Dogma’,’Chasing Amy’) is working on a ‘Sam & Twitch’ ‘Spawn‘ spinoff and this isn’t just one of Smith’s many dream projects! The reason we know this is that the upcoming television series was announced by BBC America president and GM Sarah Barnett which makes it much more believable than hearing about a new ‘Clerks’ or ‘Mallrats’ movie which have both fallen to the wayside. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to be down on Smith here as he just gets excited about what he wants to do. In all honesty, this is great news as it will be a series that sounds like it will happen and one that I’m interested in as well!
Here is what Barnett had to say about it:
“Well, we’ve got some high-profile talent that we have attached to a show that we’re doing. It’s Kevin Smith. We’re super excited about him. Obviously, he is attached to Comic Book Men in the family on AMC. He is attached to write, direct and EP a series based on the Sam And Twitch comic book series for us.
“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.”
However, there is one sketchy piece of news on the series:
“It’s just in development right now. But I bumped into Kevin Smith at Sundance and he is beyond himself excited about this, about the show.”
I suspect that without a release date that we’ve got a year or two before the series starts moving forward and knowing AMC and BBC, the first season will likely be a short one.
Hopefully, it doesn’t just get stuck in pre-development and never materializes though I suspect that with the network pushing for it, this is one we will see. Sadly, there is no word as to if this is going to be live-action or animated as the HBO series had been. I’m hoping we get actors in the roles this time around but only time will tell.
The original characters were introduced in the ‘Spawn’ comic book and were a pair of NYPD homicide detectives who ended up with their own comic series. The new television show will deal with “super grizzly crimes that are connected to the occult” so while I don’t know if we’ll get an actual Spawn sighting, it does sound as if we’ll have some paranormal adventures for these two.
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