Frank Miller’s media exile appears to be over.
Deadline reports the Dark Knight Returns creator and writer Tom Wheeler will executive produce a new Netflix series based on their upcoming YA novel, Cursed; a new take on the Lady of the Lake. First appearing in French romances of the 13th Century, the character — known as Nimue, Vivienne and other variations of those names — often played a fairy mother role to Lancelot. After centuries of German, French and English contributions to the tradition, the character eventually became the guardian of the mythic sword Excalibur, bestowing it upon Arthur in more modern versions of the legend, like the 1982 film Excalibur.
Wheeler and Miller’s new version focuses on Nimue, described as “a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake.” Following the death of her mother, she allies with “a young mercenary” named Arthur in an attempt to deliver an ancient sword to the wizard Merlin. Eventually, “Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.”
Both the novel and 10-part television series are being developed simultaneously — a la 2001: a space odyssey — with the novel set for publication by Simon & Schuster in 2019. It is currently unclear when the series will debut on Netflix.
The project marks Miller’s return to non-comic book projects after his disastrous (and yet also wonderful) directorial debut with 2008’s The Spirit. The film, which felt more like Miller’s own Sin City than Will Eisner’s beloved comic strip, undid production company OddLot and ended Miller’s intention to make a big budget film based on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.