Given the surge of Hollywood interest in fairy tale stories, I’m surprised that it has taken this long for Bill Willingham‘s award-winning DC/Vertigo series Fables to get a huge movie deal. In fact, however, Fables has been tied up in stalled deals for years; one of them was a TV deal that saw Fables back-burnered when the intended network, ABC, went with another fairy-tale revival instead. (That would be Once Upon a Time.)
But now Fables is back in play from David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films, which did a little series called Harry Potter. Jeremy Slater, who wrote the Fantastic Four reboot, is scripting, and Nikolaj Arcel, who directed Mads Mikkelsen in A Royal Affair, will direct. Read More »
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As the Harry Potter franchise ends, one question being mulled in some executive quarters is: what will director David Yates do next? Primarily a television director prior to helming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, David Yates oversaw the last half of the Potter franchise in a way that balanced fan and studio interest. His previous television success (most notably with State of Play) will for some time be overshadowed by Harry Potter. Warner Bros. clearly likes him, so what is his next move?
Not long ago he said he would like to make something small before jumping back onto something as big as Potter, and he’s been linked to the Al Capone biopic Cicero. Now Tom Hardy is reportedly attached to play Capone, and David Yates may also be offered a couple of huge genre projects: adaptations of Stephen King‘s novel The Stand, and of the comic series Fables. Read More »
A couple days after it was rumored that David Yates (director of the final four Harry Potter films) was Warner Bros top choice to direct The Hobbit films. It was later revealed that Yates was in fact one of a few directors that the studio had talked with about helming the abandoned two-film project, but they were still waiting to hear back from Peter Jackson. Now Pajiba is reporting a rumor that Yates is in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of the DC-owned Vertigo comic book series Fables.
Problem is, in 2008 it was announced that Fables would be coming to the small screen as a television series, with Six Degrees creators Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner writing the hour-long drama pilot teleplay and David Semel (Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy, Dawson’s Creek, Roswell, Angel, House, Heroes, The Cleaner) hired to direct. Did ABC lose the rights to the small screen adaptation? Is a big screen adaptation in the works? Is Yates involved?
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ABC has announced that they will be bringing the hit Vertigo comic book series Fables to the small screen.
Created and written by Bill Willingham in 2002, the series has won fourteen Eisner Awards. Based in a world where fairy tale characters have been forced out of their homes by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary, and now live in a hidden community in New York City known as Fabletown. I have yet to pick up Fables, but I’m a big fan of DC’s Vertigo brand comics. Eleven Volumes of the series have been released in trade paperback form (available for around $10 each on Amazon). The first volume description follows:
“Who Killed Rose Red? In fabletown, where fairy legends live along side regular New yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only the Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case – and, along with Rose’s sisterSnow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams.”
Six Degrees creators Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner are writing the hour-long drama pilot teleplay. The show is being setup in a way that would allow any fairy tale character to show up for any given episode, with the main story revolving around Big Bad Wolf and Snow White. David Semel has been hired to direct. Semel’s television credits include: Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, Roswell, Angel, American Dreams, House, Heroes, The Cleaner and My Own Worst Enemy.