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Ronin: the series?

Oct. 15, 2008by:
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The spies-turned-mercenaries of the slick action flick RONIN may be blasting their way to your hi-def set -- a series based on the 1998 Robert DeNiro/Jean Reno movie from director John Frankenheimer is now in the works.

MGM is working on bringing the car chases and gunfights to the small screen. The show (being co-produced by the BBC) will be "reconfigured" from the movie, but will presumably still involve various freelance operatives searching for work in the wake of their official country service. The plan is to seek an American lead and shoot the series in Europe.

This isn't the first time a RONIN show has been attempted -- way back in 2002, the FX network planned a series to be produced and developed by J.D. Zeik, who wrote the original film. Maybe they couldn't decide what was in the case, so they just vaulted it.

Extra Tidbit: In fuedal Japan, the ronin were samurai warriors who lost their master due to death, exile or poverty, and then wandered the land in search of assorted employment.
Source: THR

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8:34PM on 10/16/2008
A Tv Series based on the Graphic Novel "Ronin" would've been much more interesting.

The movie wasn't that good. Great action, but lame characters and a bored de Niro
A Tv Series based on the Graphic Novel "Ronin" would've been much more interesting.

The movie wasn't that good. Great action, but lame characters and a bored de Niro
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6:20PM on 10/16/2008
Ronin, Ronin, Ronin
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies Ronin
Rawhide!
Ronin, Ronin, Ronin
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them dogies Ronin
Rawhide!
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5:18PM on 10/16/2008
@theotherness, i am going to have to say you are completely correct in your extra extra tidbit. those are definitely great movies.
@theotherness, i am going to have to say you are completely correct in your extra extra tidbit. those are definitely great movies.
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12:29PM on 10/16/2008

Could be good

I like the movie. A little more convoluted than it needed to be, but I still think Frankheimer filmed some of the best car chase sequences ever put to screen in that movie. He didn't need to do it with quick edits and CGI. I give props to Friedkin and Yates as well for great car chases. Michael Bay should take some lessons from them.
I like the movie. A little more convoluted than it needed to be, but I still think Frankheimer filmed some of the best car chase sequences ever put to screen in that movie. He didn't need to do it with quick edits and CGI. I give props to Friedkin and Yates as well for great car chases. Michael Bay should take some lessons from them.
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9:53AM on 10/16/2008

Sounds promising

Especially with the BBC helping to back it, "Ronin" could quite easily be a series. Could scrap the ice skate case altogether, or just leave it as one of many plot devices. Get a good cast of character players and some top-flight writing, add in the occasional chase scene, and then you've got your Ronin.

Having said that, there is still potential for this to be a total mess. But I do really like the original film. Sort of a European espionage version of "The Wild Bunch."
Especially with the BBC helping to back it, "Ronin" could quite easily be a series. Could scrap the ice skate case altogether, or just leave it as one of many plot devices. Get a good cast of character players and some top-flight writing, add in the occasional chase scene, and then you've got your Ronin.

Having said that, there is still potential for this to be a total mess. But I do really like the original film. Sort of a European espionage version of "The Wild Bunch."
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6:11AM on 10/16/2008
Extra Extra Tidbit: The best movie about a (traditional) Ronin is YOJIMBO. And after that, SANJURO, its sequel.
Extra Extra Tidbit: The best movie about a (traditional) Ronin is YOJIMBO. And after that, SANJURO, its sequel.
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3:02AM on 10/16/2008
Pretty solid action flick, although I might not be as in love with it as some. This could be cool, but like all TV series, it all depends on the talent involved.
Pretty solid action flick, although I might not be as in love with it as some. This could be cool, but like all TV series, it all depends on the talent involved.
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3:02AM on 10/16/2008
reading the headline, a lot of things popped in my head, but i have to say, a TV show based off the movie Ronin would have to be one of the things i would have never thought of
reading the headline, a lot of things popped in my head, but i have to say, a TV show based off the movie Ronin would have to be one of the things i would have never thought of
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