Over the last few years, Kevin Smith has turned his enthusiasm for all things geeky into a small TV empire thanks to unscripted shows like Geeking Out and Comic Book Men and directing gigs with The Flash and Supergirl. Now, he's bringing a comic book series of his own to the small screen.
In a new Deadline interview about her network's future, BBC America President and GM Sarah Barnett announced that Smith is set to write, direct and executive produce a new TV series for the network based on Image Comics' supernatural crime series Sam and Twitch.
"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 [sic] crimes that are connected to the occult," Barnett said. "It's 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."
First introduced in Spawn#1, NYPD detectives Sam Burke and Twitch Williams were among the few humans who earned the trust of Spawn himself, Al Simmons. In 1999, the duo got their own series, Sam and Twitch, under the guidance of a then relatively new Brian Michael Bendis. The series was plagued with delays but left a lasting impression and the pair remain fan favorites. They also appeared in the Spawn animated series and, unnamed, in the 1997 Spawn live-action film. They're an amusing odd couple who definitely don't shrink from a fight and the right TV show could make them tremendously entertaining.
Barnett said the series is only in development now, so we have no idea when we might see it. We also don't know just how connected this version of the characters will be to the greater Spawn universe. Now that the word is out, though, I wouldn't be surprised if we hear more from Smith himself very soon.