The 1997 Spawn movie turns 20 in August, which means that we’ve been waiting nearly two entire decades for a sequel/reboot. And although Todd McFarlane’s constantly teasing us, it doesn’t seem to be coming our way anytime soon. However, the franchise will be coming to the small screen, as Deadline reports that none other than Kevin Smith is working with BBC America on a TV series centered around the characters Sam and Twitch.
BBC America president offered the following details about the show in the Deadline interview:
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.
Then when asked about when we can expect to see the show, she said the following:
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.
Introduced in Spawn #1 back in 1992, Sam Burke and Maximilian “Twitch” Williams are two no nonsense members of the NYPD who pride themselves on being some of the only honest cops in their department. They later received their own spinoff comic series in addition to appearing in HBO’s animated “Spawn” series and making a brief appearance in the movie (they were the two cops who arrested Jason Wynn at the end), despite the fact that McFarlane wanted them to have a much bigger role.
Sam is usually depicted as being loudmouthed and hugely overweight due to his love of donuts, and has a tendency not to keep his temper on a leash. On the other hand, the small and lanky Twitch is generally seen as having a much more cold and calculating personality. Because of their contrasting appearances and personas, the duo are obviously ripe for comedic material, so I’m stoked to see what Kevin Smith does with them. This is the guy who bought us Jay and Silent Bob, after all.
I’ll admit that this is a story that I thought I’d never write because it seems almost to damn strange to be true, but goddamn I’m excited for this. We’ll definitely be keeping our ears open for any updates on this series.