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UCP to Adapt 'La Pantera' With Warren Ellis

As Comic-Con International kicks into gear, Universal Cable Productions added a bevy of comic book and science fiction adaptations to its development slate.

UCP announced that the graphic novelist Warren Ellis, in his first TV series, will adapt 1970s Mexican comic book and Televisa series El Pantera. Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) will serve as executive producer for the Televisa USA-UCP coproduction. El Pantera is a vigilante crime drama set in a fictional U.S.-Mexico border town.

The studio will also develop a TV adaptation of the U.K. film The Machine for Syfy. The film’s Caradog James will write the script with John Giwa-Amu producing. The story follows a computer programmer who creates self-aware artificial intelligence that is hijacked by the government and used as a weapon.

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