Is David Yates Attached to Direct an Adaptation of Bill Willingham’s FABLES?

     June 16, 2010

Here’s an interesting rumor: director David Yates (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) may be attached to helm an adaptation of Bill Willingham’s comic book series Fables.  You may remember (and you have a very good memory if you do) that in December 2008, we reported that ABC was adapting the books for a new TV series.  For those unfamiliar with the comics, Fables centers on characters from fairy tales, myths, etc. living in New York after their homeland is overtaken by a figure known only as “The Adversary”.  Presuming this film adaptation is in the works, then I think we can assume the television version is dead.  Also, the project would be set up at Warner Bros. since they own publisher Vertigo Comics, which is a subsidiary of DC Comics.

Pajiba stresses that this is a rumor, but it makes sense that Warner Bros. would be trying to get a Fables movie into production. Every studio wants a re-imaging of a fairy tale ever since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland smashed up the box office.  Hit the jump for a list of other re-imaginings in development along with why Yates is a plausible choice for the gig.

As we’ve previously reported, Yates’ name has been mentioned as a possible contender to direct The Hobbit now that Guillermo del Toro has left the project. Yates was responsible for the previous two Harry Potter films and he’s also directed the upcoming final two movies of the franchise.  Since Potter, The Hobbit, and Fables are all under the Warner Bros. banner, it falls to reason that the studio really likes his stuff.  They also probably liked the $1.9 billion the last two Harry Potter movies grossed worldwide.

As I mentioned before, re-imaginings of fairy tales are very hot right now.  Here’s a brief list of some of the movies in development:

And I’m sure there are more on the way.  Hopefully, they’ll be better than Alice (speaking of which, I’m surprised we haven’t heard about any movement on the adaptation of American McGee’s Alice).

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