Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
Find out how here
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Matt Damon May Tackle The Great Wall
He's considering Zhang Yimou's epic
The Maze Runner Sequel Has A Release Date
Prepare for Scorch Trials in 2015
Angelina Jolie Will Direct Poaching Tale Africa
A new true-life story
New Red Band Trailer For The Interview
Seth Rogen and James Franco are on a mission
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Considering Oliver Stone's Latest
He may play Edward Snowden
The Maze Runner Sprints To The Top Of The US Box Office
A Walk Among The Tombstones strolls in second
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
28 July 2014
Fresh Red Band Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Trailer
This rotten town... It soils everybody
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Surrogates (2009)
Empire Star Rating
The Spirit (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Sin City
Empire Star Rating
Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Frank Miller's Ronin Heads For TV
And The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman has a clone drama

30 April 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Frank-Millers-Ronin-Heads-For-TV

Frank Miller’s Ronin is a comic book story that has frustrated movie folk – most famously Darren Aronofsky – for years in their attempts to turn it into a movie. The US Syfy channel thinks it can make it work as a TV series, and has announced its plan to do just that.

The news about Ronin comes amidst a wave of other releases from the channel, as it prepares to pimp its fresh new wares to advertisers at today’s Upfront presentation. Ronin finds a 13th century samurai on a quest to avenge his slain master when he is reborn in a corrupt, futuristic New York, where he must defeat a demon that is the reincarnation of his master’s killer. In the show, he’ll awaken in the body of medical guinea pig Billy, and must find a powerful sword that boasts magical properties. We've all been there.

Also on the To Do list for the channel is Letter 44, adapted from the Oni Comics series, which Jonathan Mostow will write, executive produce and direct the pilot. Charles Soules’ comic book series focuses on an incoming US president Stephen Blades, who discovers a letter from his predecessor outlining how NASA discovered an alien construction project in our nearest asteroid belt and has dispatched a secret team of astronauts to investigate. They’re about to arrive…

Clone, as reported by The Wrap, is another graphic novel-spawned project, this time from Walking Dead co-creator/writer/producer Robert Kirkman. The series will chronicle what happens when retired soldier Luke Taylor discovers that the man who has broken into his home is his clone, part of a big biotech conspiracy that threatens everyone around him. We can see why Syfy might want to be in business with Kirkman, who is one of the team behind the biggest cable hit on US TV, and the concept brings to mind Orphan Black, which is gathering plenty of buzz as it enters its second season.

Finally, there are other series, including space bounty hunter series Killjoys, and Ascension, which stars Battlestar Galactica’s Tricia Helfer in the tale of a seed mission to a distant world that is in the middle of its 100-year-long voyage. The murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their voyage. How many of these shows will make it over to the UK remains to be seen, but that will probably depend on how well they perform in the States.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

John Cleese Joins The B Team
A comic thriller about Baywatch spies?
First Look At TV's New Constantine
Update: It's going to series

Your Comments

I had to re-read that
I honestly thought it said that he will awaken in the body of magical guinea pig Billy. Now that would be a show... More

Posted by CaleGiles at 12:06 on 01 May 2014 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: The Streaming Services Will Be Major Studios
(Or how Hollywood will have to start worrying about Netflix)

The Empire Podcast #129: Liam Neeson Interview
Plus Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Holliday Grainger and Jessica Brown Findlay drop by to talk The Riot Club

The Future Of Film: We'll Be Watching Films In Virtual Reality
Immerse cinema aims to become the must-have experience for the filmgoers of the future

The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)