The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Action Lab Entertainment’s critically acclaimed new crime series Spencer & Locke from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr., has been optioned for film by Hitman film producer Adrian Askarieh and his company Prime Universe Films.
Spencer & Locke follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he solves the brutal murder of his grade school crush with the only partner he can trust — his imaginary talking pet panther, Spencer. As their investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate and memories of Locke’s traumatic upbringing, the duo must survive long enough to learn the truth.
As part of Askarieh’s two-year first-look deal, the producer intends to package the project and submit it to Constantin Film, the company which produced the Resident Evil franchise.
“I was hooked from the very first issue,” Askarieh told THR. “There is something darkly visceral and uniquely cinematic about what David and Jorge have created.”
The comic series which began in April concludes July 19 with SPENCER & LOCKE #4. Series writer David Pepose will be in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con this month signing copies of all four issues including a never-before-seen SDCC variant cover from artist Joe Mulvey. You can catch Pepose at Booth #2006.
Stay tuned for the latest news on the big screen adaptation of Spencer & Locke as we learn it.
10 Independent Comics Perfect For TV
I really don’t understand why so many great, independent comics are being ignored by Hollywood executives.
Marvel and DC dominated television in 2016 with the Arrowverse bringing the Legends of Tomorrow into the mix and Netflix adding both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to their expanding list of original titles. Comic book films also did well in the box office last year, even if the critics weren’t always too happy, so it seems from an investment perspective comic book properties are still a good bet. Independent comics are full of characters and concepts that have the potential to become the next big thing. Fortunately, with Valiant’s recent announcement of an online Ninjak series and FX finally naming a show runner for their Y:The Last Man adaptation, it seems comic fans have a lot to look forward to in the years ahead.
Here’s a list of 10 more comics ripe for the silver screen. Click Next to start!