Syfy turning Frank Miller's Ronin into miniseries, Letter 44 alien comic into TV series

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Apr 30, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT (Updated)

Development at Syfy continues to ramp up, and now the network is developing two intriguing new projects based on acclaimed comic-book runs.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is turning Frank Miller’s (Sin City, 300) early-1980s comic Ronin into a miniseries, despite the fact that a film version is currently kicking around in development hell (and has been since 1998, admittedly).

Syfy’s spin on the six-issue comic will take place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon. The samurai then awakens in a futuristic version of New York in the body of “Billy,” a medical experiment, and is given a second chance to avenge his master and kill the creature. The network has yet to decide how many episodes the miniseries will run, and is currently shopping around for a writer to script the project.

Along with Ronin, the network has also snagged the rights to Charles Soule's ongoing Oni comic Letter 44, which focuses on a secret mission to investigate an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. The series will follow newly elected U.S. president Stephen Blades, who learns of the project from a letter left behind by his predecessor.

Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3) is signed on to write and direct the pilot, with Eric Gitter (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Peter Schwerin (The Flock) producing. The project also recently added Rene Echevarria (Terra Nova) in a producing role. Letter 44 would be a potentially ongoing series, as opposed to a miniseries.

Both of these shows could be a good fit, and we’re anxious to see what they do with Ronin. That’s a high-profile property for genre fans and could be awesome if handled correctly. If you haven’t been reading it, Letter 44 is one of the most entertaining and unique comic runs on the market, and the concept is ripe for adaptation.

Both projects will reportedly be formally announced at Syfy’s upfront presentation to Madison Avenue ad buyers later today.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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