Tres Stamos took the podium over and an image of Spooks: Omega Team appeared on the screen, as Brian introduced Larry Hama and Ryan Schifrin to talk about their collaborative efforts on the project. Stamos asked Hama about building upon the material created by Ryan Schifrin; to which Hama responded, “Well, the great thing about this project—is that I get to do military stuff the way that I want to—really gritty and without a lot of controls with the fiction like I had been writing many years before.” When asked about his “free roam” on the project, Hama smiled, “Absolutely! I think people are going to be surprised by this story because I think its going to really defy expectations.” Schifrin added, “Yeah, it’s like telepathic fish monsters with fangs in the Amazon Jungle!” which caused a wave of laughter from the audience. Stamos asked Hama about the differences between his previous work and Spooks; Hama responded, “Well, I had done some supernatural projects for Marvel before but this is a unique chance to combine the writing I like to do with complete ‘gonzo action’—I mean, its all just action sequences to me when I write a story; I picture it in terms of visuals—so there’s never anyone sitting around a room talking. It’s always people blowing peoples’ heads off...while they are talking.”
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After the applause and cheers of the bloodthirsty panel subsided, Hama spoke about his experience working with Ryan Schifrin; Hama praised Schrifin repeatedly for his ability to “get” the way the comic book industry is different from the film industry. Tres asked Ryan to describe his experience with Larry and he said, “The guy who created Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is here,” which caused the crowd to erupt with cheers and applause. He added, “Larry created all those amazing G.I. Joe characters from the 80’s—I think he’s a genius,” which created another wave of applause; he spoke again, “I mean, I’m still buying G.I. Joe toys down on the convention floor; so, to be able to work with Larry on this project is like a childhood dream come true.”
Hama and Schifrin talked briefly about the scripting process and joked about killing werewolves; Josh Blaylock added in amusement, “Larry knows how to actually kill a werewolf—because he actually has.” The Schifrin quickly informed the audience that Spooks had been optioned very recently.
Some pretty cool stuff. I look forward to Omega Team.