Which director will have the heavy task of adapting Corto Maltese into a series?

This immense comic book figure will have the heavy responsibility of adapting the adventures of the famous sailor, created by Hugo Pratt in 1967.

After a long-term project that would have been directed by Christophe Gans and featuring Milla Jovovich, corto Maltese finally landed at Studio Canal. The website Deadline claims it will be a six-episode live-action series lasting one hour each, helmed by Frank Miller. Famous for the gory adventures of the Spartans in 300but also for SinCity which he participated in the adaptation into two films directed by Robert Rodriguez, the author recently set up his own publishing company. Playing with already existing characters had already been allowed to him in comics, with the remarkable The Dark Knight Returns Batman: Year One or Daredevil: Born Again.

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Miller, absolute fan

Pratt’s vastly different graphic and temporal universe doesn’t seem to be a problem for Miller, who has expressed his mad admiration for the creator, who died in 1996. ” I discovered Corto Maltese reading his albums in a Forbidden Planet in New York when I was a young man. Then I studied and discovered an edition in Rome. The drawing was so expressive and powerful that it literally popped out of the paper. (…) I have always been a fan of Corto Maltese since then. It’s a heroic journey in its most classic form, and I couldn’t be more honored to help the show bring to life the romance, heroism, and underlying mysticism of Pratt’s creation. »

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A brilliant crew

A true declaration of love to the hero evolving at the beginning of the 20th century, which Miller will be able to stage, accompanied by a quality staff. In addition to producer Jemma Rodgers, who won a BAFTA for Double Take in 2003, he also surrounded himself with special effects specialist Phil Tippet (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robocop), a true living legend in his field. After such an announcement, we will have to wait to discover the cast and the possible release date of this project as ambitious as its source material is legendary. A last album, produced by Juan Diaz Canales and Ruben Pellejo, was released in 2015.

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