ABC Commits to ‘Fables’ Pilot
ABC has commissioned a pilot for an hour-long television series based on Vertigo’s acclaimed Fables. The network has committed to a “put” pilot which means Warner Bros will produce the pilot for consideration for the 2009-2010 season according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner, the team behind the series Six Degrees, will write the pilot based on comic written by Bill Willingham and mostly drawn by Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha. David Semel will direct the pilot that reveals the hidden society of real-life fables living in a Manhattan enclave, exiled from their lands. Semel is a veteran at pilots with credits including Heroes.
"Their lives become interconnected in vary big way," Zicherman said. "They share a secret and a bond." The writers indicated the core characters of the Big Bad Wolf and Snow White will likely be focal points for the show.
"We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode," Metzner said.
The comic debuted in 2002 and has since won 14 Eisner Awards. The series has been collected in ten volumes plus one original hardcover with more planned. James jean’s award-winning cover paintings have also been collected in separate volume. A spinoff, Jack of Fables, debuted in 2006.
Previously, NBC had the rights and attempted a pilot for the 2006-2007 season with writer Craig Silverstein but it never got beyond a script. A film version had also been shopped around for years with no takers.