Bill Willingham’s Vertigo comic series Fables may get a big-screen adaptation if Hollywood gets its way.
An article on the Hollywood Reporter yesterday revealed that the comic book — which takes fairytale and storybook characters and plops them down in a gated Manhattan community in the real world — is currently being developed for release as a feature film by Harry Potter movie producers David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films.
Currently, Nikolaj Arcel, a Danish director who helmed A Royal Affair and is working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca, is attached to the project. Writing duties will fall to Jeremy Slater, who’s also on tap to write the script for a new Fantastic Four movie for 20th Century Fox, so at the very least we’ll have someone who seems to have credentials in the realm of comics-to-film. As to whether or not these two will be the right fit for a movie based on Fables — well, we’ll have to wait and see how they do.
Fans of the comic may know that this isn’t the first time a Fables adaptation has been attempted. The THR post points out that a movie failed to get out of the development phase in 2004, while a 2008 attempt to bring the comic to TV screens failed to produce results either.
But despite those earlier failures, however, it seems that Fables is finally starting to come into its own as a multimedia property. This year, Telltale Games — the studio behind last year’s hugely successful Walking Dead game — announced a video game adaptation set to be released this summer (watch for our first look coverage next week at E3).
Considering the video game’s already in the works, perhaps the time is right for Fables to break out. It’d be nice for this long-running series to get the happy ending it deserves.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Image: DC/Vertigo Comics