'A Royal Affair' Director to Helm Adaptation of DC Comic Book 'Fables'

June 5, 2013
Source: Heat Vision


Right now Warner Bros. is waiting to see how their new take on Superman with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel plays out in just over a week, but another DC Comic that was once being developed at the studio is gaining new life. Heat Vision has word that Heyday Films, the banner from Harry Potter franchise producer David Heyman is developing an adaptation of the comic book series Fables with A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel set to direct. Bill Willingham's comic heads into fairytale territory and follows staple characters like Cinderella and The Big Bad Wolf as they are forced to feel their home and hide in a secret pocket of NYC.

Here's the official synopsis of the comic book series:

When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile.

Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters created their own secret society-within an exclusive luxury apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side-called Fabletown. But when Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it is up to Bigby, Fabletown's sheriff, and a reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to determine if the culprit is Bluebeard, Rose's ex-lover and notorious wife killer, or Jack, her current live-in boyfriend and former beanstalk-climber.

Sounds like a gritty version of Shrek, but without the Mike Myers voiced ogre taking the lead. However, this series has quite the following and acclaim since it started in 2002 and has received 14 Eisner awards for the book's storytelling and artwork. Warner Bros. was working on a movie with the Jim Henson Company in 2004, but it never fleshed out completely. A TV series was also in the works at ABC a few years ago, but the network found success with their fairytale series "Once Upon a Time" instead. With all the fairytale reboots and reimaginings, now certainly seems like the right time to bring Fables to the big screen, and perhaps the Harry Potter producers are the right team to do it. Interested?

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Woha! I loved A Royal Affair. Did not see this one coming. Kinda interested, yea!

Davide Coppola on Jun 5, 2013


Fables is a pretty dense story, people had always said it would work as a tv show, but now with Grimm and Once Upon a Time, it might be a bit pushed for space. Loved James Jean's covers for those books.

Carpola on Jun 5, 2013


With all the tv shows based on those characters and that Snow White movie/upcoming sequel saturating the media, you'd think the studios would be hesitant. Still, I thought the first couple of comics were pretty good. Fingers crossed for this one

Richie G on Jun 5, 2013


Yeah, it would do better as a series in HBO. As much as I loved OUaT, I wished Fables got a spot SOMEWHERE on tv. & James Jean is a terrific artist!

Mufasa on Jun 5, 2013


Grimm and Once Upon a time pale in comparison to the types of stories being told within the Fables books. If the adaptation is similar to the above mentioned then i hope they dont make the show. If it cant be done well, do not do it at all please.

Ransak on Jun 5, 2013

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