Universal Cable Prods has partnered with Televisa USA, a division of the Mexican media company Televisa, to co-produce two drama series based on Latin American properties: Pantera, based on the popular 1970s Mexican comic book, and Allies, an adaptation of the Argentinian series Aliados. The latter will be written by Max DiLallo.
Pantera is described as a modern take on the comic book-inspired story about a vigilante martial artist who takes on the forces of corruption in Mexico. Wrongfully convicted of his fiancée’s murder, Gervasio Robles Villa is freed after five years in prison, where he mastered martial arts. Under the guidance of his liberator, General Ayala, the head of the Mexican police, Gervasio becomes Pantera, a reluctant vigilante hero who discovers a complex web of criminals working across numerous levels of Mexico City.
Allies follows six people of different ages, races and social classes — all destined to die at the same moment — who get their fates intertwined through the forces of the universe. In a last-ditch effort to help humanity redeem itself, six cosmic beings, known as Allies, are dispatched to Earth in the form of humans assigned to our six heroes. If the partnerships can help fix the course of their lives and make them better people, they will prove humanity is worth saving.
“Both Pantera and Allies are unique and powerful stories, neither of which currently exist on television,” said UCP EVP Dawn Olmstead.
Added Chris Philip, Head of Global Production and Distribution for Televisa USA, “Crime and sci-fi are two of the most coveted genres in the world, and Universal Cable Productions — with its proven track record of creating innovative, critically acclaimed multiplatform content in both varieties of programming — is the perfect partner for these dramas.”
DiLallo is repped by Madhouse Entertainment and Paradigm.