Fables Gets An “X-Men” Screenwriter

Almost two years ago came word that the famed comic book series “Fables” was being turned into a feature film, not surprising as attempts have been made to adapt the property before.

At the time Jeremy Slater ( “The Lazarus Effect,” “The Fantastic Four”) was linked as the film’s writer. This week there’s word that scribe Jane Goldman (“Kick-Ass,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) is currently working on a draft with “A Royal Affair” director Nikolaj Arcel who is attached to helm. The film’s producer David 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 pretty great.”

Talking about his fondness for the property, in which fairytale characters now live in a magically-camouflaged New York City neighborhood known as Fabletown, 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 film.”

The property is just coming off a successful adaptation in the video games medium with Telltale Games’ “The Wolf Among Us”.