Spencer & Locke Being Developed into Film from 'Hitman' Producer

David Pepose and Jorge Santiago Jr's Spencer & Locke released to the direct market in April 2017. Since it's debut, the brutal art and gripping storyline has fascinated readers. Spencer & Locke follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he investigates a brutal murder with the strangest of partners — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face brutal gunfights, deadly car chases and memories of Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?

According to Hollywood Reporter, the movie rights for Spencer & Locke has already been optioned by Adrian Askarieh - the producer of the Hitman action movies. Askarieh plans to submit the movie through Constantin Film, the company that developed the Resident Evil franchise, under a two-year first-look deal.

"I was hooked from the very first issue,” said Askarieh. “There is something darkly visceral and uniquely cinematic about what David and Jorge have created.”

In an interview with CBR, Pepose explained his inspiration behind the series stating:

“I’ve always been a big fan of mash-ups and remixes, and Spencer & Locke is very much in that vein – our initial high concept was pitched as ‘what if ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ grew up in ‘Sin City’?’ So while we’re very much a dark parody of both Bill Watterson and Frank Miller, I think there is that sense of reader expectation – which we’re able to play upon or subvert to better build up our story. Given this is very much an homage to one of the most iconic comic strips of all time, there’s a lot of tropes and iconography we’re able to play around with, and I’m just excited for readers to see how we’ve turned a childhood classic on its ear.”

No further details have been released about the film. Spencer & Locke Volume 1 will be available September 2017. For a preview of the graphic novel, see below.


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