Between Sons of Anarchy, Justified and plenty of other landmark dramas in recent years, there’s been no shortage of visibility for The Shield’s prolific cast and creators, save the actual series itself. Now, the Strike Team returns prettier than ever, as creator Shawn Ryan confirms a 4K conversion that will enable a Shield Blu-ray and upgraded streaming.

Where the series itself ran from 2002-2008, Ryan today confirmed that Sony and Fox had agreed to the conversion, a deal years in the works, and one that keeps the distinct gritty look of the series intact. Aiming to have the conversion complete by the 15-year anniversary in 2017, Ryan took to Twitter to share the news:

Ryan’s comment on shooting for widescreen brings to mind The Wire’s recent remastering for HBO, which saw many concerned by composition changes between full and widescreen angles, requiring additional attention. It could be some time before we see what The Shield looks like converted, but as one of FX’s most legendary breakout dramas, it should prove well worth the wait.

For those unfamiliar (and thereby primed to catch up in 2017, if not earlier), The Shield followed a corrupt experimental Los Angeles “Strike Team” composed of Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis), Shane Vendrell (Walton Goggins), Curtis Lemansky (Kenny Johnson) and Ronnie Gardocki (David Rees Snell). Executive produced by the likes of Ryan, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara and more, The Shield also played host to such talent as CCH Pounder, Glenn Close, Reed Diamond, Forest Whitaker, Laurie Holden, Michael Peña and more.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest, but could The Shield end up greatly improved by a 4K conversion, even if it takes until 2017?

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