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Rumor: David Yates Up for Directing New 'Fables' Adaptation?

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June 16, 2010
Source: Pajiba

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Although he's still got at least a year of post-production left on the final two Harry Potter movies, director David Yates has been making headlines this week with some major potential directing gigs that he's lining up following completing work on the Potter series next year. The first rumor was The Hobbit, but now Pajiba is reporting that they've heard that Yates is "up" to direct an adaptation of a Bill Willingham's graphic novel series Fables as well. Apparently he's even in the "early stages of development" on it, but it's still a rumor and unconfirmed. And besides that, there was once an ABC mini-series in development that could conflict.

The series deals with various characters 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 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. This sounds like it has some great potential, especially with someone as talented as Yates at the helm, and I would love to see it happen. As it's just a rumor though, we'll have to wait and see what happens. You can get a copy of Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile on Amazon for $10. Anyone read it?

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  • Groov
    I've read through only the first story arc but it's very cool and could (should) be done awesomely as a hard-R, gritty flick although I fear that is not the direction they'll take.
  • Ingólfur Halldórsson
    This is one of the best comic series I've read, absolutely awesome story and artwork. But I think the story, as is, is way too big for a movie. They would have to take the concept and run with it in a different direction than the books or severely cut down on the material. That being said, I think this could be very good. I like Yates' Potter films and think he'd be the guy to do this some form of justice. But I still think that this would play much better as a TV series. I'd put that Preacher film from Sam Mendes higher on my wish list and I'm looking forward to Darabont's Walking Dead series.
  • yep I reckon Fables would be better as a tv series, it's a pretty giant world. But I'd still watch the film though.
  • I think it should be a series of films. It's too epic for t.v. (BSG aside). I've read every collection and I *love* this series. I loved Willingham's "Elementals" back in the 80's, but this - this is something totally awesome. He's along the lines of Gaiman and Moore with this one - taking the old gods and making them new. Love to see this, whatever form it takes.
  • If this really needs to be a series like everyone is saying then Yates is the perfect man for the job following his work with Potter.
  • theotherbluth
    These books are rad.I would definitely check out a film version. I agree the stories are pretty massive, but if you broke it up and just focused on Legends in Exile for the first film. I'm gonna nominate Thomas Jane for Bigby Wolf. I can't think of any others. Any comic fan that hasn't read these should check them out.
  • Shyguy
    hehe big bad wolf kinda reminds me of wolverine tho. wouldnt mind seeing hugh jackman as him.
  • Jeffrey
    My prayers have been answered!! About effing time!! Fables is a work of art!
  • So friggin excited!!!! Fables is my second fav series after Sandman (which should also make the journey to the big screen but under VERY careful guidance & direction!) I agree it's pretty mamoth for a film but I think "theotherbluth" is right in saying they should focus on Legends in Exile. There's a lot of potential for spin off films ala "wolverine" and dare I say it "Elektra" I'd love to see a Jack movie with a BRad PItt cameo playing himself!!!!!!!
  • obeside
    What is the e-mail of david yates ?

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