Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Syfy Adapting Frank Miller's RONIN as Miniseries

If you intend to adapt Frank Miller, you can do anything.

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Syfy is developing Frank Miller's six-issue DC Comics series Ronin as a potential miniseries.  A search has begun for a writer, with the exact number of episodes yet to be determined.

Released from 1983-84 and written and drawn by Miller, Ronin told the story of a dystopic 21st century New York where a nameless ronin (a masterless samurai) is reincarnated from 13th century feudal Japan and given a second chance to avenge his master, who was assassinated by a demon called Agat.

According to the article, Syfy's miniseries "takes place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai failed to protect his master from a demon.  He awakens in a futuristic, nihilistic New York in the body of Billy, a medical experiment.  Now Billy/Ronin is chasing the demon, which has reawakened.  Both parties want control of a sword with magical properties and will stop at nothing to get it back."

This news follows on failed attempts to bring Ronin to the big screen since 1998.  Noted director Darren Aronfsky signed a deal with New Line Cinema for a film adaptation, but the project stalled.  In 2007, Gianni Nunnari, the producer of 300 which was also based on a Frank Miller work, announced that he would produce the film with Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) as director and Joby Harold and Chad St. John writing the script.

The cyberpunk samurai drama will be produced by Syfy from Warner Horizon Television and DC Entertainment.  Ronin is the latest in a line of various movie and television projects adapted from Miller's comic book stories, including 300, 300: Rise of an Empire, Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Wolverine, Elektra, Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

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