There have been happenings on several geek-related television properties recently and we round them up here.
The Walking Dead co-creator Frank Darabont filed a lawsuit against AMC over his share of the zombie show’s profits in 2013 (see “Showrunner Sues Over 'Walking Dead'”). The two sides have completed the discovery process (see “Darabont Wins Motions in 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit”), and now the plaintiffs have filed a certificate of trial readiness seeking a damages verdict in excess of $280 million, according to THR. “Plaintiffs' damages claim has no basis in reality and we will continue to vigorously defend against this lawsuit,” AMC told THR. The judge, Justice Eileen Bransten, held a status conference this week and warned both sides that if the case is allowed to move forward, it will have to go to trial, and her 2017 schedule is already booked. The soonest the trial can be scheduled is 2018. Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres on October 23.Deadline, Josh Gad (Angry Birds) will co-write and star, Josh Schwartz will co-write and showrun, Ryan Dixon will co-write, and Seth Gordon will direct the project. End of February Geek Movie Round-Up”),and now sources at the production company MRC have revealed the plans for the companion TV series to EW. The show is being financed by MRC and Sony Pictures, who have already committed to a pilot and 10-13 episodes. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017. Star Idris Elba, who plays older Roland in the film, will appear in the show, as will Tom Taylor, who plays Jake Chambers. The show will focus on the fourth book in the saga, Wizard and Glass. Deadline reports. Parker (House of Cards) will play the fearless and brilliant aerospace engineer who decides to bring her family into space for a chance at a new life. Toby Stephens (Black Sails) was recently cast as astrophysicist and expedition commander John Robinson and Maxwell Jenkins (Sense8) will play Will Robinson, the youngest Robinson child, Deadline reported. Taylor Russell was recently cast as Judy Robinson (see “Judy Cast for 'Lost in Space'”).