Geek showbiz news has been rolling in, and we round it up here.

The Walking Dead series co-creator Frank Darabont has reached a settlement with AMC Networks in his litigation over the amount he’s owed for profit participation, under which AMC will pay him $200 million, plus continued profit-sharing in streaming revenues for the core show and Fear the Walking Dead, according to Variety.  Darabont gave up his rights to all other future revenues in the settlement, according to the report.  He had asked for $280 million (see "’TWD’ Lawsuit Asks for Eye-Popping Number").  Trial on a lawsuit filed against AMC on similar grounds by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara and David Alpert (see "Kirkman, Hurd, Alpert, and Mazzara Sue AMC") is still pending.

Disney+ series Loki (see "’Loki’ Clip") has been renewed for a second season, the network announced.  The renewal was revealed at the end of Season 1 Episode 6, the final episode of the season, which dropped last Friday.

WandaVision director Matt Shakman has been signed to direct Star Trek 4 from a new script by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, with production scheduled to start next spring, according to Deadline.  A previous version of the project was to be written and directed by Noah Hawley (Fargo), with the original cast, which is presumably still attached (see "Hawley to Write and Direct ‘Star Trek 4’").

Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) has been signed to executive produce a three-episode John Wick prequel event series and direct two of the three episodes for Lionsgate and Starz, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Each 90-minute episode, which will air on the pay network, is expected to have budgets in the $20 million range.  The Continental will be set 40 years before the events in the movie series.

Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights to synthwave thriller Chariot, a comic series from Artists, Writers, and Artisans by Bryan Hill and Priscilla Petraites, according to DeadlineTop Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski is attached to direct, according to the report, and Julian Meiojas (The Flash) will script.  This will be a first project from AWA Studios.  In the story, a cold war supercar is found by a petty criminal who discovers that the car is still controlled by the consciousness of the secret agent for whom it was built.

DC has announced a new director and writer for the four-episode HBO Max DMZ event series, based on the Vertigo comics by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli.  Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead, Dexter) will direct episodes 2-4 (the pilot episode is directed by Ava DuVernay, see "’DMZ’ Pilot Ordered").  Carly Wray (Watchmen, Westworld) has joined the writing team.  Rosario Dawson will play Alma Ortega, and Benjamin Bratt will play gang leader Parco Delgado.