Frank Miller Joins ‘Corto Maltese’ Limited Series

by Erik Amaya

The search for Mu begins again.

Deadline reports Studiocanal will produce a limited series adaptation of Hugo Pratt‘s Corto Maltese stories with comics legend Frank Miller serving as “creator, writer and executive producer.” Pratt’s original Corto comics — published between 1967 and 1989 — tell the tale of a dashing and sympathetic, if sometimes self-serving, sea captain in the early decades of the 20th Century. In the broadest of strokes, he’s trying to prove the Kingdom of Mu existed, but spends most of his life getting in and out of scrapes with a recurring cast of characters.

In a statement, Miller said, “Maltese is a rascal who could talk to the Gods. To me it showed off the power of the comic where language is not much of a barrier … This is the hero’s journey in its most classic form, and I couldn’t be more honored to help bring into this series the romanticism, heroism, and underlying mysticism of Pratt’s creation.” Miller’s affection for the comics led to a Corto namecheck in The Dark Knight Returns, which other writers on DC projects picked up on, leading to James GunnThe Suicide Squad taking place entirely on a fictional island called Corto Maltese.

Others involved in the project include executive producers Jemma Rodgers and Silenn Thomas, VFX guru Phil Tippett, and Studiocanal’s Ron Halpern and Francoise Guyonnet.

The six-part series is the latest attempt to bring Pratt’s mariner to a larger audience. An adaptation of Corto Maltese in Siberia was in the works in 2019, but was later cancelled. Earlier adaptations include an Italian TV series in the late ’70s, a 2002 French animated feature, and a French animated series that same year.

As with all newly announced projects, it is unclear when or where the series will air.

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