Besson Doing Adele Dry-White Films

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has signed a deal with French graphic novel publisher Casterman for the film adaptation rights to Jacques Tardi’s classic comicbook series “Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec” (The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Dry-White) reports Variety.

Published since 1976, the draphic novels hold a special place in French culture with nine novels to date. “Aventures” is set between 1911 and 1922 in a Paris traumatized by World War I.

Their heroine, Adele Blanc-Sec, a fetching popular novelist pursued by dumb cops, monsters, rancorous villains and wannabe lovers, is sometimes taken as an early feminist figure in French comic books.

EuropaCorp plans a movie trilogy with the first to be released next year.