SyFy Bringing Oni's Alien Thriller Comic 'Letter 44' To TV
When the Oni Press Comic 'Letter 44' launched last Fall, it received relatively mixed reviews from hardened readers. Among other things, readers weren't convinced about the overly patriotic themes Charles Soule used in telling the story of Stephen Blades, a newly elected US President who learns of a secret alien construction project out in the asteroid belt. However, subsequent issues have seen Letter 44 gather somewhat of a cult following in recent months. And, according to THR NBC Universal's SyFy channel have spotted the potential, ordering a pilot for a TV adaptation.
Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, Surrogates) is attached to write, produce and direct the adaptation, which THR believe will be an ongoing serial if it gets the nod. SyFy will announce their Letter 44 project as well as a mini-series adaptation of Frank Miller's 'Ronin' at a presentation to Ad buyers in New York City today. The Ronin project will certainly grab most of the headlines, and while it's a great chance for fans to erase the memories of Darren Aronofsky's atrocious big screen adaptation, i'm far more excited at seeing Letter 44 come to life.
Letter 44 sees US. President Stephen Blades picking up the pieces from two terms of neglect and war-mongering by the previous administration. But when he discovers a letter from his predecessor detailing a NASA report of alien activity in the asteroid belt, a team of astronauts is dispatched to investigate. As they arrive at their destination, the exploration team discover advanced alien technologies, while back on Earth, Blades' new administration struggles to balance terrestrial issues with the intrigue occurring out in the solar system.