Syfy is attempting to break into comic book programming, with three new series' in development, Frank Miller's Ronin, Robert Kirkman's Clone and Charles Soule's Letter 44.
The six-issue Ronin comic series ran from 1983 to 1984 with a new issue arriving every six weeks. The story centers on the Ronin, a disgraced, masterless samurai warrior in 13th Century Japan, who is given a chance to avenge his master's death. He inexplicably finds himself reborn in 21st Century New York, where he must defeat the demon Agat, the reincarnation of his master's killer. Syfy's take is set eight centuries after a samurai failed to protect his master from a demon. He awakens inside the body of Billy, who is being used for a medical experiment, as both he and the demon are searching for a sword with magical powers in modern-day New York.
Ronin has been in development as a feature adaptation since 1998, with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct at one point. Most recently, Joby Harold and Chad St. John signed on to write the script, with Gianni Nunnari producing. If Ronin makes it to series, it will be the first Frank Miller comic to be adapted for television, following feature adaptations such as 300 and Sin City.
Robert Kirkman's Clone centers on a retired soldier named Luke Taylor, who discovers that his home was burglarized by a clone of himself. When his wife is kidnapped, he becomes drawn into a vast conspiracy, as he must use his combat skills to uncover a secret biotech program that has targeted his wife and unborn child.
The Oni Press comic Letter 44, created by Charles Soule, is a monthly comic series that launched in October, which centers on the new President of the United States, Steven Blades. After discovering a letter from his predecessor, he learns that, seven years ago, NASA discovered an alien construction project within an asteroid belt. A team of astronauts were sent to investigate and they are now reaching the end of their journey.
Jonathan Mostow (Surrogates, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) is writing the pilot script and will direct and executive produce the pilot, should it move forward. Eric Gitter (Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World), Peter Schwerin (The Flock) and René Echevarria (Terra Nova) will also executive produce.