Action Lab Entertainment's Spencer & Locke, a new crime series 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. According to THR, the series has been described as Calvin And Hobbes by way of Quentin Tarantino. Askarieh plans to package the project, then submit it to Constantin Film, the company behind the Resident Evil franchise, under the producer's newly inked two-year first-look deal.
Spencer & Locke follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he solves a brutal murder with the only partner he can trust — his imaginary talking panther, Spencer. But as their investigation stirs up a vicious crime syndicate and memories of Locke's traumatic upbringing, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to learn the truth?
Series creator Pepose said of the series and deal:
From the beginning, Spencer & Locke has been a labor of love from me and my artist and co-creator Jorge Santiago, Jr., and we are thrilled to be working with someone as passionate and committed to our story as Adrian. We are tremendously grateful for all the fans, retailers and press who have rallied around our hard-boiled detective and his imaginary talking panther since their debut, and we couldn't be more excited to team up with Prime Universe to see Spencer & Locke's adventures reach new audiences and new heights.
SPENCER & LOCKE #4, which concludes the series' action-packed storyline, will be available at comic shops and digital devices Wednesday, July 19.