Syfy is betting big on graphic novels.
The network is developing adaptations of Frank Miller’s cult DC Comics series Ronin and Clone from Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics imprint, Skybound. Oni Press’ political space thriller Letter 44 will also receive the TV treatment.
Ronin was written and drawn by Miller (Sin City, 300) and released as a six-issue series between 1983 and 1984. It tells the story of a dishonored samurai in feudal Japan who is given a second chance to avenge his master’s death in 21st century New York. Syfy’s adaptation would find the ancient Ronin awakening in a futuristic NYC in the body of Billy, a medical experiment, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news. The demon that killed the samurai’s master has been newly revived, and Ronin/Billy must fight the big baddie for control of a magical sword.
Ronin would air as a miniseries and mark Miller’s first foray into television. Darren Aronofsky has been trying to adapt the story into a feature film since 1998. Syfy is still searching for a writer for the project.
THR also broke the news that Syfy plans to adapt Charles Soule’s Letter 44 into a television series. The highly touted, ongoing comic debuted last October. The story: The newly-elected U.S. president receives a letter from his predecessor claiming an alien construction project was discovered in the asteroid belt seven years prior. Astronauts are on the way; war seems imminent.
Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3) will write, direct, and executive produce the pilot.
Adding to the potential comics roster is Clone, the story of a retired soldier, Luke Taylor, who discovers he is one of many Luke-alikes and part of a much larger government conspiracy. The comic is written by TV vet David Schulner (Dracula, The Event), who will also write and executive produce the show alongside The Walking Dead co-creator Kirkman. The Wrap first reported the story.
Universal Television announced it was adapting the graphic novel last summer.
The development deals are a preview of what’s to come at Syfy’s upfront presentation, being held tonight. Other early announcements include the order of a third Sharknado film and Tricia Helfer’s return to the network in the six-hour event series, Ascension.