We haven’t heard much about the Fables movie since it was announced almost two years ago. Fans of Bill Willingham‘s Vertigo series were ecstatic, and we were too, but then it seemed to just fade away. Just like some of your favorite fairy tale memories fade with time. Well we might be hearing more soon because the project is finally moving forward with an additional screen writer assigned to turn Willingham’s comic book masterpiece into a workable big screen script. Who’s been tagged with the writing chore? We’ve given you a hint in the title…
Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has been brought in and is currently working on the second draft with director Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair). Arcel has been attached to the project for a while and wrote the first draft.
Producer David Heyman said:
[Arcel] did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, who’s doing a draft. Hoping that it’ll come in and we’ll be able to move to the next stage. All these things always take longer than you want. And ‘Fables’ is not easy, by any means, but I think it’ll be pretty great.
For those of you that haven’t read Fables or know what the premise is:
Run out of their happily-ever-after homeworlds by a mighty conqueror known only as The Adversary, these universally recognized princes, princesses, talking animals, heroes, and villains now face a new challenge: adapting to a modern world filled with sex, violence, and lots of moral ambiguity.
Mixing mystery, action, humor, and more, Fables follows these cherished characters’ war against The Adversary and their ongoing struggle to survive alongside one another in the modern world.
Heyman went on to talk about talk about why he loves Fables:
I’m drawn to stories about outsiders, and I think the Fables are outsiders. They’re people torn from the place where they were raised, by The Adversary. They arrive in a New York City-type place, and how we’re approaching is that they’re people who are all separate, and how they ultimately have to form the community in order to survive. They’re all inhabiting their own little universes within this world. But they have to form this community, and that really appealed to me. And I just think the characters are so vivid. And I also think the farm is, again, it’s very human. That’s what I like. It’s a challenging film.
You can check out Goldman’s latest script to make it to the big screen when Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theaters on February 13th. I really like Goldman’s movie track record and feel comfortable with Fables in her hands.
Oh yeah… for those of you that might tell someone else about it using social media and immediately hear, “That’s just a Once Upon a Time ripoff!” from some relative or Facebook acquaintance that has no clue about anything nerdy. Fables published its first issue in 2002, and Once Upon a Time first aired in 2011. That should shut them the hell up about it.