Known to fans and critics as “the female Indiana Jones,” the swashbuckling adventurer Delilah Dirk is getting a live-action movie from Disney.
EW has learned that the studio acquired the film rights to the graphic novels by Tony Cliff, and is developing a film adaptation with producers Roy Lee (from Vertigo Entertainment), Mark Mower, and Justin Giritlian.
Delilah, the “international mistress of swordsmanship,” was introduced in 2013’s Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. As described in the graphic novel, which is set in the 19th century, she trained with the finest marksmen in France, learned acrobatics in India, mastered 47 sword techniques, and traveled all over the world, including the New World.
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The book was followed by Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling, and the third installment was announced as The Pillars of Hercules.
“Part of the inspiration for the Delilah Dirk series was reading mainstream superhero comics back in the late ’90s and finding that all the female characters were almost without exception completely humorless,” Cliff told EW. “This contrasted heavily with the actual human women I knew and counted as friends, and I wanted to bring that missing element to the type of comics I liked.”
Deadline was the first to report the news.