Syfy wants in on comic book-based programming. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the channel is set to adapt the classic Frank Miller series Ronin as well as Oni Press series Letter 44. Meanwhile TheWrap also reports that the Image Comics series Clone and miniseries Pax Romana are in development as well.
Syfy is developing Ronin as a mini-series and is currently seeking a writer. Letter 44 and Clone are both being developed for series’. Terminator 3 director Jonathan Mostow will pen the script and direct the pilot episode for Letter 44, while series creator David Schulner will write and executive produce Clone along with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman. Pax Romana is being adapted by writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Warehouse 13). Hickman will executive producing alongside Federman, Scaia and David Alpert of Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead).
Ronin is written and drawn by Frank Miller. In this tale of a legendary warrior, the Ronin, a dishonored, masterless 13th century samurai, is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master’s death. Finding himself suddenly reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st century New York City, the samurai discovers he has one last chance to regain his honor. But to do so, he must defeat the reincarnation of his master’s killer, the ancient demon Agat. In a time and place both foreign and unfathomable to him, the Ronin stands against his greatest enemy with his life and more importantly, his soul at stake.
Letter 44, created by Charles Soule and Alberto Alburquerque, tells the story of newly-elected President Stephen Blades, who reads the letter left for him in the Oval Office by his predecessor and learns the stunning secret that seven years earlier NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. A crew of heroic astronauts was sent to investigate, and they’re nearing the conclusion of their epic journey.
Clone is about Dr. Luke Taylor, whose perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones… and they’re all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child!
Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman, follows a Special Forces team that travels back in time on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past. Their destination: Ancient Rome. Roman legions battle modern day attack helicopters, tanks and soldiers, while thought-provoking themes are explored as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for civilization.