Kevin Smith Bringing Todd McFarlane’s ‘Sam and Twitch’ To BBC America
Kevin Smith seems to have found himself a new lease of life since he agreed to direct an episode of The Flash last year. Not only has he gone back to direct more of ‘the fastest man alive’, but also worked on two episodes of Supergirl, all whilst planning a revival of Jay & Silent Bob, and writing the conclusion of his True North Trilogy, which will end with Moose Jaws… That’s Jaws… with a moose!
However, his latest project brings him back to TV again, and sees him bring Todd McFarlane’s comic characters Sam and Twitch to BBC America. For those that don’t know the comic books, Sam and Twitch are two NYPD homicide detectives who originally appeared in McFarlane’s Spawn, but proved so popular, that in 1999 he spun them off into their own book. Set in a dark and gritty New York, the duo are tasked with solving some of the stranger cases that occur in The Big Apple. Although McFarlane was responsible for creating the characters, it was Brian Michael Bendis who really expanded them, and the popularity of the book.
“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,” commented BBC America President, Sarah Barnett, in a recent interview with Deadline. “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.”
Sam and Twitch is currently in development, and Barnett mentions Smith is “beyond excited” to work on the show. Smith has had a few setbacks recently on projects he’s been developing. He dropped out of Amazon’s Buckaroo Banzai revival after it was revealed MGM we’re suing original creators Richter and Rauch for the rights. His Clerks III movie has been canned after one of the leads dropped out, and Mallbrats, a tv series based on his 1995 movie, has yet to find a home. However, Smith is never one to let knockbacks keep him down, so hopefully Sam and Twitch will make it all the way to series. We’ll let you know when we hear more.