Syfy Develops “Ronin,” “Letter 44” & More

Syfy has just announced a whole bunch of new projects they have begun developing, the most high-profile being a potential miniseries based on Frank Miller’s six-issue DC Comic series “Ronin”. A search is under way for a writer, and the number of episodes is undetermined at this point.

The story centers on a dishonored, masterless 13th century samurai who awakens in a futuristic, nihilistic 21st century New York where he must defeat an ancient demon who is the reincarnation of his master’s killer.

Syfy is also developing “Letter 44,” a series based on the political space drama comic which Jonathan Mostow (“Terminator 3”) will write, executive produce and direct the pilot for.

The story revolves around a new U.S. President who learns, via a letter from his predecessor, that NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt seven years ago. A crew of heroic astronauts have been sent to investigate and are nearing the belt now.

Another comic they plan to turn into a mini-series is “Pax Romana,” based on Jonathan Hickman’s 2007 graphic novel. “Warehouse 13” scribes Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will adapt the material.

This mini follows a Special Forces team that travels back in time to Ancient Rome on the eve of World War III to ‘fix’ the future by altering the past. Basically it’s Roman legions battling modern day helicopters and tanks as the expedition fight over their vision for civilization.

Then there’s “The Magicians,” a drama series based on Lev Grossman’s popular fantasy novels which former “Supernatural” showrunner Sera Gamble will produce. ‘Magicians’ follows a group of twenty-somethings in New York who study magic and discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is real and poses a grave danger to Earth.

Next up, the network has acquired the ten-episode Canadian sci-fi adventure series “Killjoys” to premiere next year. The show follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout a distant system on the brink of a multiplanetary class war.

Finally, the network has confirmed they are planning a third “Sharknado” telemovie which will air Summer 2015, and have ordered a ten0episode workplace comedy digital series entitled “Underlings” which follows the employees of a criminal organisation.

Source: THR & Deadline