Elizabeth Banks Set to Star as Disney's Live-Action Tinkerbell
by Alex Billington
July 14, 2010
Step aside Mae Whitman, it's time for Elizabeth Banks to grow wings and become all glittery. Variety announces that Disney is developing a new Tinkerbell live-action romantic comedy called Tink that has Elizabeth Banks set to star and Adam Shankman (Hairspray, 82nd Academy Awards), Jennifer Gibgot (17 Again, Step Up 3-D, The Last Song) and McG producing. What an eclectic bunch, Shankman being the only one like. The concept was developed by Banks at her own production company with Max Handelman, as well as Matt Smith, and is being written by Elizabeth Wright Shapiro. This sounds like it might be fun!
Tinkerbell, known as "Tink" for short which is why they called it that, first appeared in J.M. Barrie's 1904 play and 1911 novel Peter and Wendy. She's probably best known as the tiny Disney fairy, appearing in Peter Pan in 1953. Tinkerbell remains one of Disney's favorite female characters, and they've continued to feature her in all kinds of different films and shows, including a rather successful straight-to-DVD CGI animated movie (and its many sequels) called Tinker Bell, from 2008, that Mae Whitman provided the voice for. As for this version, Variety only says that it "plays with the mischievous nature of the Tinkerbell character."
No clue how soon this could move into production, but Banks' schedule isn't too packed, so it could happen anytime in the next few years. She already finished shooting Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days and recently tweeted about shooting scenes for Jesse Peretz' comedy My Idiot Brother, so that's already underway, too. Ever since I saw Enchanted, I've been excited to see more Disney characters brought to life live-action. This already sounds like it could be fun, and although I know it is a bit girly, I like Banks and Shankman and I'm hoping for the best. They just need to hire Enchanted's Kevin Lima to direct and we'll be set! Thoughts?