Back in 2010, when he was riding high on the success of the penultimate Harry Potter film, director David Yates was being approached for and linked to a number of different projects. Among them was the adaptation of Bill Willingham’s DC Comics title Fables, which not-so-coincidentally has Potter man David Heyman producing. The Yates rumours never went anywhere, but now comes news that A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel is in the frame instead.
Willingham created Fables for Vertigo Comics in 2002, crafting the story of fairy tale characters forced en masse from their various domains by a Big Bad known by many names, but usually 'the Emperor' or 'the Adversary'.
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have had the rights for a few years, and tried to put something together with the Jim Henson Company back in 2004, but that never coalesced past early development. Warner Bros. TV also looked at a small-screen version via ABC, which didn’t fly when the channel developed fantasy-meets-reality drama Once Upon A Time instead. Now Jeremy Slater is charged with writing the script this time, and it remains to be seen whether the tales can finally make their way to cinemas.