Comics’ ‘Corto’ to lense in Cuba

Pratt's 'Maltese' based on shipwreck

BERLIN — Fidel Castro is the latest big shot to profit from the current craze of turning comics into films.

German film group Helkon Media is gearing up to produce a $15 million live-action, English-lingo TV mini-series based on the popular Italian comicbook “Corto Maltese” — to be shot entirely in Cuba.

Created by Hugo Pratt, the comicbooks feature the swashbuckling exploits of high-seas adventurer Corto Maltese. Pratt’s stories have been translated into 20 languages.

Pic, based on Pratt’s story “The Ballad of the South Seas,” follows Corto Maltese’s fate after he’s shipwrecked on a mysterious island, captured by fierce cannibals and ultimately obliged to rescue the beautiful damsel Pandora.

Script was penned by Matthew Faulk and Mark Skeet (“Jason and the Argonauts”). Helkon promises an international all-star cast for the project.

Project will begin shooting in February. Helkon subsid Peppermint is distributing the project worldwide.

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