‘Hitman’ Producer Adrian Askarieh Options Action Lab’s SPENCER & LOCKE by David Pepose & Jorge Santiago, Jr. for Film Adaptation

SPENCER & LOCKE Optioned By Prime Universe Films

Hitman Producer to Develop Film Based on
The Hit Action Lab Comic Series

Spencer & Locke TPB cover

SPENCER & 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. You can learn more about this new development at The Hollywood Reporter.

Described as “a fantastic debut” by Batman writer Scott Snyder and “a fiendishly fun take on an age-old classic” by IGN, 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?

<Preview Action Lab: Danger Zone’s SPENCER & LOCKE #4 – The Explosive Finale Drops This July>

“I was hooked from the very first issue,” said Askarieh to The Hollywood Reporter. “There is something darkly visceral and uniquely cinematic about what David and Jorge have created.”
Spencer & Locke #1 SDCC variant

“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 & 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 & 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 & 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. Series writer David Pepose will be signing copies of all four issues at Comic-Con International in San Diego at the Action Lab booth (#2006), including a never-before-seen SDCC variant cover from artist Joe Mulvey.


Fans can catch up on SPENCER & LOCKE at ComiXology or can preorder the SPENCER & LOCKE trade paperback collection through their local comics shops by Monday, July 24 using the preorder code JUN171107.

Trailer for SPENCER & LOCKE,
a hard-boiled crime comic from writer David Pepose and artist Jorge Santiago, Jr.,
available in stores and digital April 2017 from Action Lab Danger Zone.

About the Creators:

Writer – David Pepose

David Pepose has worked for numerous entertainment companies around the country, including CBS, Netflix, Universal Studios and DC Comics. When not developing properties for comics, TV and film, David has also written and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Gotham Comedy Club and PUNDERDOME 3000. A St. Louis native and a former New York City transplant, David now resides in sunny Los Angeles.

Artist – Jorge Santiago, Jr.

Born on the desolate planet of El Paso, Texas, Jorge Santiago, Jr. began training in the Comic Arts at 17. After self-publishing for years, he left for the planet Georgia, where he earned his MFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has been practicing making the perfect comics. He graphic designs by day and makes comics by night, and is best known for his popular webcomic, CURSE OF THE EEL.







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