Netflix orders Cursed series from Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler
Deadline reports that Netflix has ordered the Cursed series from graphic novel, television, and movie writer Frank Miller (Sin City, Gotham) and writer-producer Tom Wheeler (The LEGO Ninjago Movie), based on the book reimagining of the King Arthur legend.
Cursed is based on Miller and Wheeler’s upcoming illustrated YA book of the same name, and follows a key character from the King Arthur story, the Lady of the Lake. This is apparently the first time the same creative team will be writing a book and the adapted TV series version simultaneously, which will allow Miller and Wheeler to explore their characters from the book in more detail on screen. The book, slated to be published in fall of 2019 by Simon & Schuster, will be written by Wheeler with Miller providing full-color and black-and-white illustrations.
In the reimagining, Cursed is told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther.
Miller stated: “I have always been entranced by the mythological Arthur story — and by Nimue, in particular. It can be interpreted in a number of ways — from a delightful children’s story, as in ‘The Sword in the Stone,’ to a terrifying interpretation like ‘Excalibur.'”
“I am honored and humbled to be working with the living legend Frank Miller on ‘Cursed.’ I cannot think of a writer-artist who has had a more formative impact on my growth as a storyteller,” Wheeler added.
Netflix has given the project a 10-episode order, which will be executive produced by creators Miller and Wheeler.
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