When asked about the progress of the Fables movie Heymn stated,
Jane Goldman is working on a draft as we speak. Nik Arcel is attached [to direct]. He 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 pretty great.
When asked about why he decided to adapt the Fables series,
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 film.
Getting the Fables franchise adapted to film and television has been a long and tumultuous process which dates back to NBC acquiring the rights in 2005 and ABC making a go at an adaptation in 2008. Although each studio’s attempt to adapt Fables never came to fruition, the momentum of each project ultimately lead to the productions of Grimm (NBC) and Once Upon A Time (ABC). A video game adaptation of the series titled The Wolf Among Us was released by Telltale games in 2013. The game proved to be a success among fans and critics and introduced the franchise to an audience unfamiliar with the comic book franchise.
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