Warren Ellis and Gale Ann Hurd (The Walking Dead) are teaming up to turn Mexican comic book and TV series El Pantera into a series for Universal Cable Productions, according to THR. The site is calling this part of the “massive genre push” by UCP, which is good news for us geeks. As you may know, yesterday UCP made a first-look deal with Dark Horse Comics for projects that include Concrete and The Umbrella Academy.
El Pantera is based on the 1970s comics about a vigilante on the U.S.-Mexican border. A young police officer gets a promotion and tried to get his wrongfully imprisoned friend set free. After his rumored death, they create “El Pantera” to help rid the city of the Mexican mob. In addition, UPC is taking on Kill Shakespeare, which is based on the 2010 IDW title, which brings together the bards greatest heroes and villains on a quest to find or kill William Shakespeare. They’re also grabbing The Machine for Syfy, adapting the 2013 British sci-fi thriller about a computer programmer who creates AI for the military.