Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Syfy Adapting Frank Miller's 'Ronin' and Jonathan Hickman's 'Pax Romana'

It was a busy day for announcements over at Syfy. In addition to announcing a third "Sharknado" film and seven new unscripted projects that are in the works, they revealed they will "develop as longform programming 'Pax Romana,' Jonathan Hickman’s graphic novel about a time traveling clash of ages and arms, and 'Ronin,' based on Frank Miller’s ('300') comic book series, about an avenging samurai."

The release provides details on "Pax Romana"and "Ronin:"

"Pax Romana" is about a Special Forces team that travels back in time on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past. Their destination: Ancient Rome. Roman legions battle modern day attack helicopters, tanks and soldiers, while thought-provoking themes are explored as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for civilization. Writers: Matthew Federman & Stephen Scaia (Jericho, Warehouse 13, Human Target). Co-executive producer: Jonathan Hickman. Executive producers: David Alpert of Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead), Federman and Scaia. A production of Universal Cable Productions.

In "Ronin," published by DC Entertainment, 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. Studio: Warner Horizon.

-Larissa Mrykalo