“The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black, determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.” —IMDB
DC Comics may be best known for their wide array of superheroes, from Superman to Batman to Green Lantern, but they actually have a lot more to offer to offer the film world. Take, for example, Fables, the long-running DC/Vertigo series that has just made some big strides towards getting a live-action adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Nikolaj Arcel, who earned acclaim for directing the Oscar-nominated 2012 period drama A Royal Affair and co-writing the screenplay for the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, is now slated to bring the comic book series to the big screen. David Heyman, who is best known for being one of the producers that helped get the Harry Potter get made, is attached to the project while Jeremy Slater – the writer who also scripted 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot – is handling the screenplay. Sadly, the trade doesn’t mention a timetable for the project. Arcel is also working on an film version of Don Winslow’s The Power of the Dog as well as a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.
Fables, created by Bill Willham, takes all of the characters from the classic fairy tales you know and love and kicks them out of the fantasy world and into our own. Here they must live in “a secret pocket of New York City.” The series began in 2002. This is actually the third time that a Hollywood adaptation has been attempted. Warner Bros. tried to get it off the group in 2004 with the Jim Henson Company, and in 2008 ABC tried to turn it into a television series. Obviously neither one ever worked out.