According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Cable Productions is expanding it's genre portfolio by inking three new deals.
First up, writer Warren Ellis (Red) is going to develop his first TV series with producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) under her studio-based Valhalla Entertainment banner.
"I've been strongly drawn to television over the last few years, and working with brilliant and determined collaborators like Gale and the UCP team, I'm delighted at the opportunity to add my voice to the new, novelistic TV form that's evolved so dramatically," Ellis said.
Second, they worked a deal with IDW Entertainment to option Rick Remender and Kieron Dwyer's horror comic Night Mary to develop as a live action TV series. The story follows a young woman trained to be a lucid dreamer. Her father owns a sleep disorder clinic where she enters the dreams of his patients. When a patient is revealed to be a serial killer, she is placed in jeopardy as nightmares and reality become frighteningly intertwined. John Pogue (The Quiet Ones) will write and direct the pilot.
And finally, Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's Five Ghosts tells the story of a 1930s-era treasure hunter possessed by five literary ghosts (Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula) whose abilities he can draw on during his adventures. UCP has optioned the TV series rights from Black Mask and has signed Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsmen, Divergent) to write the pilot and exec produce.
UCP is the home of other genre properties: Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13, Ascension, Dominion and 12 Monkeys.