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Is David Yates attached to direct Bill Willingham's graphic novel series Fables?

Jun. 17, 2010by: George Merchan
David Yates's ears have got to be burning right about now. The director, probably best known for helming the last two HARRY POTTERs (not to mention the next two), was last being talked up as one of the lead candidates to direct THE HOBBIT. My guess was that the suits at Warner Bros. must really like the dude.

Seems like I might not be far off the mark with that, as website Pajiba is saying that they've heard rumors that Yates is now up to direct FABLES for Warner Bros., based on Bill Willingham's graphic novel series that began back in 2002.

Here's Pajiba: "...we've been given fairly convincing evidence to definitively suggest that David Yates is, at least, in the mix and that a Fables movie is, at the very least, in the early stages of development, so it's not a rumor that should be quickly dismissed."

The website also says that Yates's reps have denied the rumored attachment to THE HOBBIT, which indicates that the director could very well be free to take over this project. FABLES was also apparently set up at ABC to be made into a television mini-series, but if it's true that WB is moving forward on development of a film adaptation, then the TV project is likely now kaput.

Here's a little bit about FABLES from one of our old "Comix-to-Flix" columns (which you can read in its entirety RIGHT HERE): The Eisner Award winning Fables tells the story of an investigation into the murder/disappearance of Snow Whites sister, Rose Red. Throughout the investigation we are introduced to many other fabled characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Beauty and the Beast and Prince Charming.
Extra Tidbit: We're getting a lot of re-imagined fairy tales now, huh?
Source: Pajiba

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11:41PM on 06/17/2010

tv series would make more sense i think

i love the series.
i love the series.
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11:00PM on 06/17/2010
I really liked what he did with the last two HP films, and love 'Fables'. I'm for this.
I really liked what he did with the last two HP films, and love 'Fables'. I'm for this.
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8:56PM on 06/17/2010

what if

i loved the idea of preacher being an hbo series, and there is so much to fables, a series on a mature channel would be great. but i could dig a movie, with gerard butler as bigby, jennifer connelly as snow white, chris pine as jack and ruth wilson or olivia thirby as rose red
i loved the idea of preacher being an hbo series, and there is so much to fables, a series on a mature channel would be great. but i could dig a movie, with gerard butler as bigby, jennifer connelly as snow white, chris pine as jack and ruth wilson or olivia thirby as rose red
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8:54PM on 06/17/2010

what if

i loved the idea of preacher being an hbo series, and there is so much to fables, a series on a mature channel would be great. but i could dig a movie, with gerard butler as bigby, jennifer connelly as snow white, chris pine as jack and ruth wilson or olivia thirby as rose red
i loved the idea of preacher being an hbo series, and there is so much to fables, a series on a mature channel would be great. but i could dig a movie, with gerard butler as bigby, jennifer connelly as snow white, chris pine as jack and ruth wilson or olivia thirby as rose red
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12:07PM on 06/17/2010
How about some casting rumors? Matthew Fox for Bigby Wolf!
How about some casting rumors? Matthew Fox for Bigby Wolf!
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8:46AM on 06/17/2010

hmmm

Judging by the synopsis they're going to adapt the first 6 issues, which sucks. The first trade is easily the weakest of the thus far 13 trade series and this would be much better as a tv series.
Judging by the synopsis they're going to adapt the first 6 issues, which sucks. The first trade is easily the weakest of the thus far 13 trade series and this would be much better as a tv series.
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8:48AM on 06/17/2010
That's not the synopsis for the film.
That's not the synopsis for the film.
4:33PM on 06/17/2010
Hmmm seems you're right, that was a synopsis of the first book.

Still would be better as a show.
Hmmm seems you're right, that was a synopsis of the first book.

Still would be better as a show.
4:36PM on 06/17/2010
Agreed
Agreed
7:56AM on 06/17/2010

FABLES is one of those series that needs to be read for its genius to be understood.


A synopsis just doesn't do it justice and, to be honest, makes it sound a little silly. For anyone who hasn't read it, trust me on this... it's anything but silly.

Great characters, great artwork (the female characters are all drawn to be stunningly beautiful) and great storytelling.

Really hope this comes together, whether it's a film or television series.

A synopsis just doesn't do it justice and, to be honest, makes it sound a little silly. For anyone who hasn't read it, trust me on this... it's anything but silly.

Great characters, great artwork (the female characters are all drawn to be stunningly beautiful) and great storytelling.

Really hope this comes together, whether it's a film or television series.
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6:47AM on 06/17/2010
Good stuff - liked fables a lot just hope they give it a relevant rating ie no pg stuff
Good stuff - liked fables a lot just hope they give it a relevant rating ie no pg stuff
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