Deadline is reporting today that Cursed, a re-imagining of the King Arthur legend, has received a 10-episode order from the streaming giant. The series will be based on Miller and Wheeler's illustrated YA book of the same name, which has not even been released yet. This is believed to be the first instance of a pair of writers simultaneously creating a book and adapting a TV series based on that book at the same time.
The story will tell the Arthurian legend through the eyes of Nimue, who Deadline describes as "a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake." The series (and book) will follow Nimue after her mother's death, as she partners up with Arthur— who is described as "a young mercenary." The two of them embark on a quest to find Merlin, and will go up against the "terrifying Red Paladins," as well as King Uther.
From the description, it sounds like the young Arthur of this story is based less on the famous "Wart" of T.H. White's classic book The Once and Future King, and has a bit more in common with the Arthur of director Guy Richie's recent King Arthur: Legend of the Sword film (as seen in the photo above).
Due to be published by Simon and Schuster in 2019, the book will be written by Wheeler with illustrations by Miller. They will both executive produce the new series. In a statement last week, Miller remarked on always being "entranced" by the myths of King Arthur, and by Nimue specifically. "It can be interpreted in any number of ways," said Miller, going on to cite Disney's animated The Sword in the Stone and John Boorman's bloody Excalibur. Those two takes on the tale are about as different as two versions of anything can possibly be.
While there's no telling yet as to where this interpretation will fall in relation to those two films, Frank Miller is the man responsible for such comic titles as Sin City and The Dark Knight Returns... neither of those works are particularly famous for their warm and fuzzy feelings. No release date (or time frame) for the Netflix series is being reported, but we'll likely know more when Cursed is released in book form in 2019.
In the meantime, are you interested in a 10-episode binge about Nimue? Are there any Arthurian standards that you're hoping will be included? Are you hoping that Merlin might actually appear, or will you be passing altogether? Higitus, figitus, bigitus, blomments... let us know below in the comments!