Syfy will produce DC’s six-issue comic series ‘Ronin’ as a potential miniseries. Ronin was written and drawn by Frank Miller (Sin City, 300). The comics, which were published every six weeks between 1983-84, centers on a legendary warrior — the Ronin, a dishonored, masterless 13th century samurai — who is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master’s death. He finds himself suddenly reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st century New York where he must defeat ancient the demon Agat, the reincarnation of his master’s killer.
The SyFy miniseries will take 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.
Although the number of episodes for this miniseries has yet to be determined, the search for writers is on.
Meanwhile, the network is also developing Oni’s ‘Letter 44′ as a series. The drama is based on Charles Soule‘s ongoing monthly series that launched in October. Jonathan Mostow (‘Terminator 3’) will pen the script, exec produce and direct the pilot, should it move ahead. The story revolves around Stephen Blades, the new president of the U.S. who learns, via a letter from his predecessor, 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.
It is difficult for me to be excited about this potential good news especially after Syfy has once again sacked an excellent series. ‘Eureka‘ was a wonderful show, and it was a profound loss for fans when it was terminated. And now, we have been told’ Warehouse 13‘ is to join such exemplary programs as ‘Battlestar Galactica‘, ‘Caprica’, and ‘Stargate’ among others.
Having spoken to several executives from SyFy, I know it all comes down to numbers. Always numbers. We, as fans, have a difficult time understanding why an obviously wonderful show gets cancelled, but sadly, numbers do not lie and the best we can do as fans is to tune in on show night and spread the word to others to do so as well. And the week before the next great episode we shout out how wonderful it is to anyone who’ll listen. Get those numbers up! We know life is difficult and unpredictable and it is often difficult to be home in order to watch the shows live. With the advent of DVR and the web, these viewing numbers drop dramatically, so we do our best to tune in, and hope for the best!
So if you hope for ‘Ronin’ and “Letter 44′ to succeed, make sure you tune in!