NBC owned Syfy channel will be developing four new television shows based off comic properties. Leading the way and most notable will be Frank Miller’s 1983 limited-series Ronin. Joining Ronin will be Charles Soule’s (Superman/Wonder Woman) space drama Letter 44, and Image comic’s Clone and Pax Romana. The success of AMC’s The Walking Dead has opened the way to comic adaptations for both film and television.
Ronin tells the story of a samurai awaking in a dystopian future seeking revenge against his master’s slayers. Frank Miller’s (300, Sin City) classic DC comics tale has gone through quite a path in Hollywood. For more than a decade, Director Darren Aronofsky has tried to bring Ronin to the big screen to no avail, but it seems like the series will finally have a live-action version.
The two Image comic’s shows, Clone and Pax Romana will join The Walking Dead and Thief of Thieves as properties to be adapted for television from the publisher. Pax Romona is a limited-series written by Jonathan Hickman (Avengers, Fantastic Four) in 2007. It tells the story of a time travelling Vatican influenced conspiracy. The second Image series to get a television treatment is Juan Jose Ryp’s Clone which is published under Robert Kirkman’s Skybound line in Image. Clone weaves a high concept story about a scientist protecting his family from what appears to be another him.
Oni Press’ Letter 44 is not the first comic from the publisher that NBC has taken notice of. In 2013, after beginning initial pre-production of another Oni Press comic, The Sixth-Gun, NBC pulled the plug before a pilot was produced. Now they hope Letter 44 will have better luck making the transition to television.
Hollywood has taken significant interest in the comic industry and the abundance of fantastic stories hidden in comic boxes. Hurry and hit up your local comic shops to pick up issues of these books before they reach your television sets!