Written by David Morgan
Filmmaker Luc Besson has acquired the screen rights to Jacques Tardi's' French graphic novel series Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec which, for those of you not fluent in the Gallic tongue (or in English guestimation), translates to Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. According to Variety,
Published since 1976, 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.
Besson (through his company EuropaCorp) is planning to make a trilogy of films based on Adele Blanc-Sec and is hoping to release the first film as soon as 2009. Variety doesn't mention whether Aventures will be animated or live-action, though the absence of specification leads me to believe it will be the latter. There's also no mention of what language the film will play out in. An educated guess would be that they'll speak French as it's doubtful that mainstream America has even heard of the character whereas she could be the Spider-man of French popular culture for all I know.