El Pantera, “Machine” To Become TV Series

Universal Cable Productions has announced several new projects for its genre development slate, one of which being an adaptation of the 1970s Mexican comic “El Pantera” which Warren Ellis will pen and Gale Anne Hurd will executive produce.

The vigilante crime drama is set on the U.S.-Mexico border and follows a young and newly appointed head of police and his friend as they create an alter ego to rid the city of the Mexican mob.

Also in the works is a Syfy series adaptation of British cult film “The Machine”. That film follows a brilliant computer programmer who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence in a desperate attempt to save his sick daughter – things go awry when the Government get involved. Caradog James, who wrote and directed the film, will pen the TV adaptation.

Finally there’s “Kill Shakespeare” which sees the playwright’s most famous tragic hero characters (Hamlet, Othello, Juliet) face off with his most troubled villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago). Del Col and Conor McCreery are penning the script.

This follows on from the announcement earlier this week in which Universal Cable Productions is teaming with Dark Horse for numerous comic adaptations for the small screen.

Source: Variety