After a wavering retirement and some words with Harvey Weinstein, Luc Besson is jumping into the graphic novel biz -- or rather, his company is. Variety reports that EuropaCorp had grabbed the big-screen rights to the old graphic series by Jacques Tardi called Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec. The series was first published in 1976, is set in pre and post-WWI Paris, and focuses on a heroine called Adèle Blanc-Sec, whose investigative journalism leads her to discover mystical aspects of the crime world.

As Variety describes it: "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." EuropaCorp is hoping to make a trilogy of the 9-novel series, with the first to hit screens in 2009. While it is a pretty big deal in France, I think this could make for a pretty big film outside of the country. Adèle is not your normal, scantily-clad super-vixen, but rather one that gets head-to-toe clothing (at least, according to the pictures you can spot online), so it'd be nice to see the graphic heroine style without the raciness. Currently, there's no word on a screenwriter or director.