Warners ready for Miller's 'Ronin' comic


The next Frank Miller adaptation is one step closer to the big screen.

"Ronin," an early Miller comic miniseries from the early 1980s, has landed at Warner Bros. Pictures, which has acquired feature film rights. Sylvain White ("Stomp the Yard") is in negotiations to direct.

Gianni Nunnari, one of the producers behind the Miller adaptation "300," and his Hollywood Gang shingle likely will produce.

Miller, a comic book auteur, has developed a Hollywood following, with such titles as "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" and "Sin City," which Robert Rodriguez adapted into a 2005 film. Miller's "300," adapted by Zack Snyder, cut its way to $206.9 million at the domestic boxoffice. Miller created "Ronin," published by DC Comics, after his acclaimed run on the Marvel Comics series "Daredevil" in the early '80s.

The story centers on a ronin who is reincarnated in a dystopic near-future New York populated by squatters, factions and mutants. The ronin must try to destroy a demon with a mystic sword, which also is found in New York.

Greg Silverman is overseeing for Warners. Gregory Noveck is overseeing for DC Comics.

While there is no script, the makers are working from a treatment White wrote.

White directed the direct-to-DVD horror movie "I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer" before helming "Yard." That surprise hit, which cost $14 million to make, has grossed about $60 million to date. He is repped by WMA, Principato/Young and attorney Jeff Endlich.