Fables, the richly intricate fairy-tales-in-the-modern-world comic created by Bill Willingham and various, was first denied and perhaps “tributed” in an attempted TV series version, but it’s back on the Hollywood radar as a feature film. Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and screenwriter Jeremy Slater are attached—Slater’s previous credits include working on the Fantastic Four reboot.
Fables has been eyed as IP fodder since it came out. Previous attempts include a movie version developed by Henson Films in 2004 and in 2008, a potential pilot at ABC that would have been directed by American Horror Story’s David Semel.
Although the Fables thing never happened, ABC’s Once Upon a Time did. Both tales deal with fairy tale characters living in the modern world and trying to reconcile their mythic natures and conflicts with everyday life. There’s also NBC’s Grimm, another similarly themed story. And the work of Neil Gaiman, and countless other fantasy authors.
Whatever the sturdiness of this theme, Fables is definitely one of the best and has one of the most fervent followings, so a movie is a pretty good idea.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.