Earlier this week Universal Cable Productions announced that it had reached a deal with Dark Horse to adapt the comic book series The Umbrella Academy, Harrow County, Concrete and Back-Up for the small screen, and now it has been announced that UCP has acquired three more properties in the British sci-fi The Machine, IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare and the 1970s Mexican comic book and TV show El Pantera.
The Machine TV series will be written by Caradog James (Little White Lies), with John Giwa-Amu (The Silent Storm) producing. The story follows a brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence. But things go terribly wrong when the technology, designed to help injured soldiers, is hijacked by the government and used to create the ultimate robotic weapon.
Based on the popular 1970s Mexican comic book and hit Spanish language TV series adapted by Televisa, El Pantera is a vigilante crime drama set in a fictional metropolis on the U.S. Mexico Border. When a young officer is appointed Head of Police, he only has one request: He asks that his friend, who was wrongfully imprisoned, be set free. Under the guise of his rumored death, the two create ‘El Pantera’ to rid the city of the Mexican mob. Warren Ellis is set to adapt the comic with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment attached to produce and Televisa USA to co-produce with UCP.
Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery’s Kill Shakespeare is a dark take on Shakespeare and his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare.