It's been quite a while since we've heard anything about the big screen adaptation of Fables. The DC/Vertigo comic was announced to be getting the cinematic treatment a year and a half ago, but folks have been pretty mum on the subject ever since. Well, that changes now, as producer David Heyman (Harry Potter 1-8) has announced that Jane Goldman is now working on the script for the film. Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel is still attached to direct it.
Goldman is no stranger to the genre, having worked on several of Matthew Vaughn's big screen comic book flicks like X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, and the upcoming Kingsman: The Secret Service. She will now be tasked with bringing the world of Fables to cinematic life.
"The series deals with various people from fairy tales and folklore – referring to themselves as "Fables" – who have been forced out of their Homelands by "The Adversary" who has conquered the realm. The Fables have traveled to our world and formed a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. Fables who are unable to blend in with human society (such as monsters and anthropomorphic animals) live at "the Farm" in upstate New York."
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"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," Heyman told Spinoff Online. "Our approach 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. I just think the characters are so vivid. And I also think the Farm is, again, very human. That’s what I like. It’s a challenging film."
Heyman also discussed the hiring of genre veteran Goldman, who also adapted the Neil Gaiman novel Stardust for the silver screen.
"Jane is working on a draft of Fables as we speak," he revealed. "Nik Arcel did a draft, and now he’s supervising Jane, who’s doing a draft. Hopefully 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."
As of now, Fables has no planned release date, so it's unclear how long of a wait we have in front of us. It joins another Vertigo adaptation, Sandman, in that "It's happening. But the question of WHEN is anybody's guess." category.
SOURCE: Empire Online