Syfy Developing TV Adaptations of ‘Pax Romana,’ ‘The Magicians’ and Frank Miller’s ‘Ronin’
It’s been a busy day for Syfy, which has seen everything from an obvious third installment in the ‘Sharknado’ franchise to a new sci-fi vehicle for ‘Battlestar Galactica‘ vet Tricia Helfer, but some of the more intriguing announcements stem from our favorite comics and books. Who’s ready for Syfy adaptations of time-travel war comic ‘Pax Romana,’ Frank Miller‘s trippy ‘Ronin,’ ‘Walking Dead‘ creator Robert Kirkman‘s ‘Clone,’ and more?
First and foremost, the network has begun development on a miniseries adaptation of ‘Pax Romana,’ based on the Jonathan Hickman graphic novel and written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia and Circle of Confusion. For those unfamiliar with the 2007 comic, ‘Pax Romana’ follows a special Forces team that travels back in time to Ancient Rome to alter the future by conquering the past, pitting Roman legions against the modern military as the leaders of the expedition fight over their vision for the future.
Secondly, a series adaptation of Lev Grossman’s popular “Harry Potter for adults” novels “The Magicians stems from former ‘Supernatural‘ showrunner Sera Gamble, and follows a group of New York twenty-somethings who discover the magical fantasy world they read about as children to be real, and posing great danger. Originally, ‘The Magicians’ had been set it up at FOX in 2011 under different writers.
Finally, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Syfy will adapt Frank Miller’s DC Comic series ‘Ronin,’ which earlier Darren Aronofsky attempted to place on the big screen. Eyed as a miniseries, Syfy’s version of the 1983 comic will tweak the original’s story somewhat to take place eight centuries after a Japanese Ronin samurai fails to protect his master from a demon. Said Ronin awakens in a futuristic, nihilistic New York in the body of Billy, a medical experiment, where he chases the similarly-awakened demon for control of a sword with magical properties. Neither a writer, nor episode number have been determined.
As if that weren’t enough, the network is also developing Oni’s ‘Letter 44′ as a potential series, written and directed by Jonathan Mostow (‘Terminator 3′). The story follows new U.S. president Stephen Blades, who learns from his predecessor that seven years earlier, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. Lest we forget, Syfy will also work to develop Robert Kirkman’s ‘Clone,’ the story of a retiredsoldier who discovers he is one of many cloned “Luke-alikes” and a larger government conspiracy. Comic writer David Schulner will write and executive produce the show alongside Kirkman
Quite a laundry list ahead of Syfy in bringing such great comics to life, but what do you think? Which of the new series between ‘Pax Romana,’ ‘The Magicians,’ ‘Ronin,’ ‘Clone’ or ‘Letter 44′ most deserves a shot at the small screen?