Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Last year it was revealed that Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who wrote many great episodes of Lost, had sold to ABC a new show called Once Upon a Time. We didn’t know much about it at the time, other than the fact that it would offer a new take on fairy tales, but now a lot more details have come to light. Mark Mylod (Entourage) looks like the pilot director for the show, which will feature parallel timelines that take place in the ‘real’ world and a fairy tale reality. Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it?
Vulture has both pieces of info, with the plot breakdown of the story coming via a long interview with the two writers. There we learn that ABC approached them about a new show after Lost was wrapped up, which led them to taking the idea, which they’d been tlaking about for years, to Damon Lindelof who helped oversee development. They explain that there will be self-contained stories in each episode, but also “a larger mythology at work.”
The site summarizes the show like so:
A young boy lives in Storybrooke, Maine, where he’s convinced things aren’t what they seem, and we also get glimpses — through flashbacks? flash-sideways? — of a fairy tale land where familiar evil queens and dwarves with sharply drawn personalities are quite real.
Now, Once Upon a Time is still being developed and may not make it beyond pilot. But given that Hollywood currently seems to have a giant hard-on for all things that could vaguely be called fairy tales, chances are probably good.
And the first info we’d had was that the story features a female protagonist who “comes from a unique background,” so if that aspect hasn’t changed she’ll likely be from the fairytale side of things.