A film adaptation of the long running DC Comics fantasy series Fables has been announced.
Fables was created in 2002 by Bill Willingham, and is published through DC’s more adult-oriented Vertigo imprint. The book adapts fairy tale characters who have been tossed out of their dimensions by a villain known as the Adversary and now live in secret in New York City.
The titular “Fables,” referring to those fairy tale characters who can’t blend into the human world, have to live on “The Farm” which is located upstate.
The book has earned 14 Eisner Awards (like the Oscars but for comic books).
Danish director Nikolaj Arcel (last year’s A Royal Affair) is reportedly attached to the film. His most recent flick was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, so he at least has the dramatic chops to pull off the film. Heyday Films, the company behind the Harry Potter series, is producing.
The Fables film has actually been in development hell for quite some time. Warner Bros. originally tried to jump-start a film in 2004, but it went nowhere.
ABC then tried to do it as a TV show in 2008, but it never materialized. With the recent success of shows with similar premises like Once Upon a Time and Grimm, now is probably as good a time as any to kick the tires again.
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