Updates on Frank Miller's Ronin From Director Sylvain White
Way, way back in '07, before 300 had even opened, it was discovered that Sylvain White (director of only Stomp the Yard at the time) had attached himself to an adaptation of Frank Miller's Ronin, which was exciting at the time because everyone wanted to know what the next awesome Frank Miller movie might be (and this was before The Spirit). Well, we haven't heard all that much since then, but Sylvain White did give us an update last September talking about the design of the movie and how awesome it'll be, but no update on its status. However, SuperHeroHype finally caught up with White and got a good update on its progress.
Will White be getting back to Ronin soon? "Yeah absolutely," he told SHH. "That's something I had to let go of for a period of time while I was directing The Losers but I'm back here in Los Angeles and as I'm finishing post-production on The Losers, I will be diving back into the development of Ronin. I'm just working along with the studio executives developing the story elements and they're attaching a writer in the spring to do a new pass on it." That's great to here, but if we may ask, what's taking them so long? Thankfully it's because White's got plenty of appreciation for the graphic novel. He goes on to talk about being careful adapting it:
"It's a very complex graphic novel and it needs very careful attention. Of course to make a movie of that scale, you need a lot of money to pay it justice, especially with the incredible visuals that Frank Miller has in it, but at the same time, in order to get a lot of money to make the movie, it has to have enough commercial appeal, so I'm trying to balance those two things together to make the movie accessible but still smart and throw with all the great ideas and grand ideas that it has. Conceptually, it's such an amazing property, so I think it's strong appeal in that sense, and even for people, I think visually in the trailer, people will be gravitating towards that kind of subject matter and that kind of character, it's amazing."
I'm loving the way he's pitching this, sounds like a challenge, but he's working hard to figure it out. "I'm taking my time with it," White said. "If I'm able to stay on it and develop it the way I want, I just want it to be done right. I don't want to rush it or anything like that. I want the right writer on it and it to be done carefully." Couldn't have said it any better. This guy definitely knows what he's doing and what he needs to do in order to pull this off and I like seeing that. But it will take time. He keeps saying, "If they give me the time to do it, I will take it to do it right." But how much longer will it take? We don't want to wait forever.
White says he's "been in contact" with Frank Miller recently, since it is his graphic novel after all. "The producers, which is Gianni Nunnari and Hollywood Gang, have been very collaborative and obviously have worked with [him] because they did 300, so the link is there. We're just sort of at an early stage where we're trying to structure the story and balance… Some people rush and do it quickly and you end up with bad adaptations." And no one wants that! It sounds like they're moving in the right direction, but it won't be ready anytime soon. For now, we'll let White finish The Losers and get back to this later. Sound good?