It's been nearly two years since we found out that a film adaptation of the Vertigo comic book Fables was on the way.
Created by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham the action centers on a group of classic characters from children's lit (like Snow White and
Cinderella) that get kicked out of their world and form a clandestine community
in New York City.
At the time the adapted script was written by Jeremy Slater (*"The Lazarus Effect," "The Fantastic Four").
David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are producing the movie.
Now we learn that Jane Goldman ("Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class," "Kingsman: The Secret Service") is currently working on a draft for "A Royal Affair" director Nikolaj Arcel who is poised to helm.
Heyman tells CBR and Empire:
"[Arcel] 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 'Fables' is not easy, by any means, but I think it'll be
Talking about his fondness for the property, Heyman says:
"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. They arrive in a New York City-type place,
and how we're approaching 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.
And I just think the characters are so vivid. And I also think the farm
is, again, it's very human. That's what I like. It's a challenging
This is the second time Hollywood has attempted to bring
"Fables" to the big screen. Warner Bros. originally tried to
make a film along with The Jim Henson Company back in 2004, but that attempt
didn't even get to the writing stage.
The property is just coming off a successful adaptation in the video games medium with Telltale Games' "The Wolf Among Us".