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Development: Kirkman animates Super-Dinosaur, Judge Dredd show lands writer, three join Midnight Texas

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Jul 22, 2018, 3:09 PM EDT

The king of zombies takes on dinosaurs, a familiar name to Dredd fans takes over Mega City One, and the town of Midnight, Texas gets a little bigger in today's development news.

The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman is moving into animation for his next project, Super Dinosaur, the story of a genetically altered Tyrannosaurus in power armor that fights evil with the help of a 10-year-old super genius. Based on a comic by Kirkman and artist Jason Howard, the series originated from a sketch Howard drew for his son of a dinosaur in a superhero cape. reported on the announcement from publisher Skybound Entertianment's panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. No broadcaster has been named.

The show is the latest TV series based on a Kirman comic series, following AMC's The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, and Cinemax's Outcast. There are also plans for an animated series based on Invincible, a superhero series created by Kirkman and artist Cory Walker, which would be more violent and adult-oriented than Super-Dinosaur.

2000 AD writer Rob Williams has been named as lead writer on the upcoming TV show Judge Dredd: Mega City One at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Williams is well-known to Dredd fans, having written several memorable stories for the comics. In addition to writing the pilot, Williams is working with a team of writers to develop the over-arching plot for the show's first two seasons.

Judge Dredd: Mega City One is being developed by IM Global Television and Rebellion Productions. No broadcaster is currently attached, and no cast has been named, though fans have speculated that Karl Urban might reprise the role from the critically acclaimed 2012 Dredd movie.

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The small town of Midnight, Texas, home to an eclectic array of supernatural beings, will welcome three newcomers for its second season later this year.

Variety reports that Lost's Nestor Carbonell and The Punisher's Jaime Ray Newman will recur as Kai and Patience Lucero, the owners of a new hotel and "healing center" in the town, who no doubt harbor some dark secrets of their own. Unreal's Josh Kelly will play a demon hunter named Walker Chisum, who provides a romantic complication for Jason Lewis' fallen angel Joe Strong.

Midnight, Texas is based on the novel series by Charlaine Harris, creator of the Sookie Stackhouse books that inspired True Blood, and stars François Arnaud as a young psychic fleeing from his past. The show returns for its second season on NBC on Friday, October 26.

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