It was recently reported by GeekTyrant earlier today that Jane Goldman, screenwriter behind Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, is penning the newest script for a Fables movie. This is according to Comic Book Resources who spoke with producer David Heyman, the producer behind Gravity and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
I don't know about you, but this news is pretty amazing, and if I'm being honest has been a long time coming. Fables was begun by writer Bill Willingham all the way back in 2002 under the Vertigo banner of DC Comics; long story short it's been around too long to have not gotten to the big screen, especially considering it's superb and engrossing storytelling.
For those of you unfamiliar the series, it follows the inhabitants of Fabletown, a magically hidden community in New York populated by Fables, including all our favorite characters from fairy-tales, myths, literature, and even nursery rhymes. Headed by Mayor King Cole, along with Deputy Mayor Snow White and Sheriff Bigby Wolf, there is also Jack Horner, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Boy Blue, Rose Red, Frau Totenkinder and numerous others among it's residents. They are refugees chased out of their Homelands by the evil Adversary and the comics follow their struggles in our world.
If some of this is sounding familiar to who that's probably not a coincidence. As well as the comic series it has a direct video game spin off The Wolf Among Us following Bigby ('Big Bad' now reformed) Wolf through his early days as sheriff; it also inspired the computer game series Dark Parables following the Fairy Tale detective through various mysteries involving different characters.
This actually isn't even the first time that an adaptation of Fables was attempted. ABC originally tried to work on a TV series inspired by the comic series, however they eventually gave up the attempt in favor of a different take on fairy tale characters in our world. Any guesses??
That's right, ABC's beloved Once Upon a Time was originally supposed to be a Fables show. While OUAT certainly has it's merits (it's villains are superb if I say so myself), in my opinion Storybrooke has never been able to match up to the magic and adventure of Fabletown.
Which brings me back to the news of a script. While this could come to nothing, or a different fairy tale story altogether, it is promising considering a Fables movie has been in "development" for so long. Heyman did admit in his interview to Comic Book Resources that it could take some time.
Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak. Nik Arcel is attached [to direct]. He 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 Fable's is not easy by any means, but I think it'll be great.
Currently it appears as if they are working on a new origin story. While the original comics begin in modern day, the script will supposedly follow the Fables arrival in our world and when they first establish Fabletown, which according to the comics was during colonial America.
Despite this they are likely to do some pretty amazing things and it helps that Goldman has experience adapting comic series, even if Kingsman and Kick-Ass were significantly shorter (6 and 8 issues respectively) compared to Fables daunting 150 issues which is set to finish this year.
At a time when comic book adaptations remain the most refreshing blockbusters at the box office, superheroes are starting to become tiresome, and I think it could be great for Fables to come in a shake things up with a refreshing story that has all the action, adventure, and complex storytelling a good superhero comic could give us. After all, couldn't the early Fairy Tales be considered early superheroes, they certainly can act the part in Bill Willingham's masterful series.