Nikolaj Arcel

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While everyone was expecting to see the first footage from The Dark Tower later this month at Entertainment Weekly‘s Popfest, it appears that someone at Sony decided to post an unfinished version of the international trailer to their personal Vimeo page. Now, with the Internet being the Internet, this trailer is loose in the wild, never to be caged again. At least until the lawyers get those C&D emails flowing. So grab a look at the adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower trailer before we’re asked to take it down. (more…)

The Dark Tower

After years in Development Hell, Stephen King’s magnum opus series, The Dark Tower, is finally heading to the big screen and, like Shardik, it appears that there is no stopping the momentum.  Today, it appears that Sony is zooming in on a director for at least the first film in the series and if the rumors are true, it looks like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo scribe, Nikolaj Arcel is the man in the crosshairs. (more…)

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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… (more…)

Fables

It’s about damn time Vertigo‘s Fables is getting the movie treatment, tapping into two of the moment’s hottest markets, fairy tales and comic books, with a single property. The dark, moody, and a little noir-ish spin on classic fable characters is perfect for an audience chompin’ at the bit for more fairy tales. There’s already a video game based on Bill Willingham‘s comic set to release later this year, and today THR is reporting a movie’s in the works, too! David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films, also of those widely popular Harry Potter films, are producing and they’ve tapped Jeremy Slater to script. Slater hasn’t done much, and is currently working on the Fantastic Four reboot, but I’ll accept Heyman and Clifford’s choice on good faith.

Nikolaj Arcel is attached to direct, and while I’m sure many of you are unfamiliar with him, I recently watched his Danish film, A Royal Affair – I’ll admit, only because it starred Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen – and was impressed. You can catch it on Netflix Instant. It’s most definitely moody and I’m confidant Arcel’s style will be a great match for bringing Fables to the big screen.

Here’s a short little briefer on what Fables is all about,

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the “mundys,” their name for normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society that they call Fabletown. From their exclusive luxury apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, these creatures of legend must fight for their survival in the new world.

I get a little giddy when I start thinking, if done well, Fables could become a phenomenal film franchise. There’s loads of material to pull from, and it’s far more original than most of the gritty, re-imagined fairy tales we’ve seen lately. Are you excited for a Fables movie?

Source: THR via Geek Tyrant

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