WIIP PARTNERS WITH TODD MCFARLANE TO DEVELOP SPAWN CHARACTERS SAM & TWITCH AS A TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
wiip, the independent studio behind HBO's hit Mare of Easttown, has partnered with Emmy-winning Spawn creator and director/producer Todd McFarlane to develop Sam and Twitch as a premium television drama series. The project will be based on two of the most prominent characters in the Spawn comic franchise, which recently broke the Guinness World Record for the longest-running creator-owned comic and has sold hundreds of millions of copies in more than 120 countries worldwide. This announcement follows the news that McFarlane's newest comic project, Spawn's Universe #1 is officially the biggest new title launch from Image Comics in the 21st century.
Sam and Twitch focus on Spawn's two most popular human characters, detectives Sam Burke and "Twitch" Williams.
Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg will adapt the project and serve as executive producers. Smilovic & Katzberg are the creators and showrunners behind the drama series Condor, an adaptation of the 1975 feature Three Days of the Condor, which airs its second season on Epix in the fall. McFarlane and Sean Canino for McFarlane Films also executive produce with wiip's Paul Lee and Mark Roybal.
wiip's Lee and Roybal are executive producers of the hit HBO limited series Mare of Easttown. The finale, which recently aired two weeks ago, set the record as the most-watched episode of an Original Series on HBO Max.
"My two detective characters Sam Burke and 'Twitch' Williams appeared in the very first issue of Spawn #1 back in 1992. Since then, they've become fan favorites and have branched out into their own comic series throughout the years," said McFarlane, creator of Spawn. "Their stories, blending traditional crime noir and the supernatural, is a combination that I've always thought would make for an entertaining television drama. The addition of wiip and the creative writing skills of Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg make for a very compelling team that we all hope leads to the entertaining show we know this can be. If you like cool, moody, creepy, odd crime stories, this will be your cup of tea!"
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