It’s been about four years since we last heard of Warner Bros.’ attempts to turn Frank Miller’s Samurai-in-the-the-future comic book limited series “Ronin” into a major motion picture. It appears they’ve given up, and instead we’re getting a “Ronin” mini-series courtesy of the Syfy Channel.
Based on Miller’s early ’80s comic book series, “Ronin” will be set “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.”
No word yet how many episodes will be involved, but it’s a mini-series, so you’re looking at at least four. “Ascension,” another Syfy Channel mini-series we previously reported on, is getting six.
Now this may be good news or bad news, depending on how you view the Syfy Channel. This is, after all, the cable net that has given us dumb ghost hunting shows and really dumb monster vs. monster movies. But then again, it’s also the same cable net that gave us “Battlestar Galactica,” a lot of “Stargate,” and for a time, rescued “Farscape.”
So… Yeah, it’s a crapshoot, kids.