‘Hitman’ Producer Options Film Rights to ‘Spencer and Locke’ Comic

The comic follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he solves a brutal murder with the only partner he can trust — his imaginary talking panther, Spencer

Last Updated: July 10, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

“Spencer and Locke,” Action Lab Entertainment’s critically acclaimed 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 the company announced today.

Created writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr, “Spencer and 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?

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.

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

“Action Lab is very pleased to have partnered with Prime Universe Films to bring Spencer & Locke to life on screen. “I can tell when I speak to Adrian that he shares David’s passion for Spencer & Locke and this is the key to a successful partnership,” said Bryan Seaton, Action Lab CEO/Publisher.

“From the beginning, “Spencer and 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,” said “Spencer and Locke” creator David Pepose. “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 and Locke’s” adventures reach new audiences and new heights.”