An early 1900s newspaper reporter tracking mummies while pterodactyls appear in the skies over Paris? Why, yes, I do believe this will
scratch that serial-inspired action-adventure itch quite nicely, thank you.
With France's Luc Besson now through production on his three Arthur
films - post is another story - the prolific director-producer is moving on to his next project. Now listed as in production, Les Aventures Extrodinaire d'Adele Blanc-Sec
is a projected trilogy of films to be directed by Besson based on a series of comics by Jacques Tardi. Here's how the listing for the first film on the AFM website describes it:
The year is 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec, an intrepid young reporter, will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of
all shapes and sizes.
Meanwhile, in Paris, it's panic stations! A 136 million-year old
pterodactyl egg on a shelf in the natural history museum has mysteriously
hatched, and the bird subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies.
But nothing fazes Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose adventures reveal many more
Set in the carefree world before World War I, Adèle Blanc-Sec's adventures
see the brave young woman fearlessly battling crooks, corrupt politicians,
demon worshippers and mad scientists. Legendary cartoonist Jacques Tardi's
original stories perfectly recreate the intrigue, romance and excitement of
one of the most tumultuous periods in history.
Adapted and directed by Luc Besson (Arthur and the Minimoys, The Fifth
Element, The Professional), Adèle's exhilarating, funny and fabulous adventures
will be one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2010.
Yes, that says releasing in 2010 which means - if accurate that Besson has continued his recent trend of working on things very quietly for as long as possible to avoid scrutiny. Louise Borguin, Gilles Lellouche and Mathieu Amalric star.
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