Bill Willingham

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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…)

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Following up The Walking Dead would be no easy task, but from the moment I learned Telltale Games had chosen Vertigo and Bill Willingham‘s Fables as the inspiration for their next game I knew they couldn’t fail. Their choice of subject alone proves the company’s dedication to twisting and toying with typical gaming conventions even more so than their decision to make a Walking Dead game about more than killing zombies.  (more…)

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Telltale Games blew us all away with their engaging game of choice and consequences set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s The Walk Dead. That game wasn’t only a huge hit, but went on to be crowned Game of the Year. Not too shabby for a game that focuses more so on storytelling and characters than hack ‘n’ slash, shoot-em-up gameplay.

Since then it was announced Telltale was looking to adapt another comic book property, Vertigo‘s and Bill Willingham‘s Fables. The series is a decidedly darker version of the “What if?” scenario where fairy tale characters are real and living as refugee’s in a NYC neighborhood, Fabletown. ABC’s Once Upon a Time it ain’t. The episodic game, The Wolf Among Us, stars Fabletown sheriff, Bigby Wolf (A.K.A. the big bad wolf) and, like The Walking Dead before it, will release in installments with the story outcome heavily affected by the player’s choices.

From the first few screenshots released it was obvious the comic would translate beautifully to the screen, keeping its moody atmosphere, and this latest trailer only goes further to prove this will be a great looking game. Check out the first trailer for The Wolf Among Us‘ first episode, “Faith“, expected to release later this year.

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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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Not long ago we shared the news of Telltale Games’ second, comic book based game releasing later this year. Based on the Vertigo series, Fables, from Bill Willingham the game, The Wolf Among Us, follows Bigby Wolf on a murder investigation and will serve as a prequel series for the comic. This decision to make the game a prequel allows for it to be accessible for newcomers as well as long time fans.

In the latest issue of Game Informer they preview the game in great detail. Talking not only about the advancements they’ve made with their narrative games since The Walking Dead but what other characters from Fables we’ll meet in the game. For instance, Snow White, readers know her as a love interest of Bigby and in The Wolf Among Us we’ll see that relationship develop. Snow White will also play a role in how choice effects the outcome of the game as the player can choose whether or not to betray her trust.

Here’s a few screenshots they shared,

As you can see it has a very similar style to The Walking Dead, but the character design and colors are more in line with Fables.

If you want to learn all there is to know about The Wolf Among Us, like how the fighting style will differ from The Walking Dead, do go read Game Informer’s article; it is, if anything, very informative. Did you play Telltale’s The Walking Dead? Are you excited for their take on the Fables‘ universe?

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After having much success adapting The Walking Dead into an episodic video game where your in game choices can have dire consequences on the story and game progression, Telltale is finally ready to reveal their next game based on another comic book property. We’ve known since 2011 they were developing a game based on Vertigo and Bill Willingham‘s Fables,  a series that follows the often dangerous lives of fairytale characters living in a secret New York City neighborhood called Fabletown, but it was placed on the back burner while the company released The Walking Dead. A smart decision I’d say because what they’ve accomplished with The Walking Dead will only benefit this game.

Titled The Wolf Among Us, it will star Bigby Wolf, a.k.a. The Big Bad Wolf, as he tries to keep the true identities of these fairytale characters, like Mr. Toad and the Three Little Pigs, a secret. The game’s story will be a prequel to the events of the comics and is set to release this summer for Xbox 360, PC, Mac and PlayStation 3. Speaking with IGN, Telltale CEO Dan Connors said,

Developing The Wolf Among Us based on the Fables universe has allowed our studio to build upon all of the hallmarks of what makes our episodic series so engaging for players. Through an evolution of our approach to choice and consequence, we can further explore the complexity of each and every iconic character in a universe rich with untold history from the darkest sides of the storybooks.

Judging from the artwork they released I’m hoping this game has a noir-ish feel to it as that would really suit the dark and brooding character of Bigby. He’s basically Humphrey Bogart, but a werewolf.

What d’ya think? Will Fables make for as good a gaming experience as The Walking Dead?

 

COMICS REWIND: ‘Fables: Legends in Exile’

Bill Willingham’s Fables is one of the most critically-acclaimed comics ever produced, and awards keep getting added to the pile. There are lots of reasons for this. First, there’s the “Why didn’t I think of that?” concept: what if all the characters from folklore and fairy tales were real, and they lived in exile in New York City because some dark foe has kicked them out of their homes. Then, there’s great art, great writing, the kind of stories to keep you reading late into the night, and something more: a kind of wish fulfillment that surpasses even the flight dreams Superman sates in its readers. Fables is the ultimate fairy tale, and that makes it instantly intriguing. The fact that it’s also the most consistently good ongoing series in comics makes it highly addictive.

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So…About That ‘Fables’ TV Series

I shouldn’t have to start this post with an explanation on what Fables is (’cause y’all should really know), but it’s a fairly super-uber popular fantasy comic-book series by Bill Willingham and Vertigo comics. The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore – Snow White, Prince Charming, the Big Bad Wolf (in human form)- who escaped from an invasion of their magical world to form a secret community in the heart of New York City. Fables, – in brief overview-  weaves together action-packed, gritty plots with a touch of sex, plenty of splattered gore, and plenty of quirky twists. It’s an essential nerd read.

Anyway, back in 2008 Vertigo’s Fables was to be translated to a live-action television series on ABC. Warner Bros. was to produce a 1 hour pilot written by Six Degrees’ Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner. I speak in the passed tense, because nothing has come of it since the announcement was made. What the deuce is going on? Well here is Bill Willingham himself to clear things up… sorta.

In an interview with io9, Bill Willingham briefly talked about any news he had on the chances of seeing the previously announced Fables TV series originally set to air on ABC in 2008:

None whatsoever. I am the last person to know about things like that. Through rumors of rumors of mistellings of legends, I understand that the new DC regime was very much interested in getting Fables going. The TV show that was prematurely announced is probably dead — don’t hold me to that, because I don’t know. Hopefully, I’ll know before it airs, but I’m kind of out of the loop.

Fables is one under-rated piece of work…a true cult brilliant scene. It would make a very, very cool and different television series , but with no known(if any) start date and no news from Warner Bros. or ABC we can not even be sure when or if we will see the comic series hit the silver screen.

source: io9