A few months ago, Kevin Smith backed out of a deal to bring Buckaroo Banzai to Amazon Prime when a legal battle over the rights broke out. However, it looks like Smith has already lined up his next TV project: an adaptation of the Sam and Twitch comic book series.
Deadline broke the news about the Sam and Twitch television project, which will be developed by writer and executive producer Kevin Smith. Detectives Sam Burke and Maximilian “Twitch” Williams were introduced as supporting characters in Todd McFarlane’s Spawn comic book series in 1992, before eventually landing their own comic as well. However, the Sam and Twitch comic took on a much darker tone that rarely touched upon the superhero elements and characters from Spawn.
“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 grisly crimes that are connected to the occult,” explained BBC America President Sarah Barnett. “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.”
McFarlane hinted at a potential Sam and Twitch TV series as far back as 2010, when he told CBR that “It would be an hour-long drama with a little bit of the mystique stuff in it… At times, we’ve gone in and pitched it as sort of Hill Street Blues meets The X-Files without it being that crazy and that obvious.”
Sam and Twitch doesn’t currently have a pilot in place, but the project may move forward if Smith’s script convinces BBC America that he’s on the right track.
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