Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Film in Development: Fairy Tale Thriller ‘Legends’

Legends: The Enchanted

Time for yet another fairy tale themed movie in development.  Remember that doesn't mean it's going to be made, just that it is under serious consideration.

From Imagine Entertainment Developing Fairy Tale Thriller ‘Legends’ by Russ Fischer:
OK, here’s a great idea. We’re going to take The Brothers Grimm and mash it up with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. You know, have ‘dark fantasy’ versions of Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant Killer and Hansel and Gretel teaming up to solve a murder mystery. Who says there is no longer any reverence for the true good stories?

Legends: The Enchanted sounds like an expansion pack for Magic: The Gathering, but it is also a graphic novel by Nick Percival and now, possibly, a film from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment.

Imagine is starting development on a film based on the graphic novel. There’s no writer or studio at this point. THR explains that the story kicks into gear when ” the remains of Pinocchio are discovered. Red Hood, now a noted wolf hunter, and Jack partner to discover who is murdering the creatures of folklore. Along the way, they are assisted by characters such as Goldilocks, re-imagined as a mercenary, and Hansel & Gretel, now psychic exterminators.”

From Ron Howard To Take On 'Avengers'-Like Fairytale Action Flick by Elisabeth Rappe:

THR's Heat Vision reports that Radical's latest sell is Nick Percival's new graphic novel, Legends, which has caught the eye of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Legends trods a familiar path of fairy tale deconstruction. It stars a number of famous fairy tale characters -- Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant Killer, Goldilocks and Hansel and Gretel -- as wolf hunters, mercenaries, psychic exterminators, and just general badasses. They come together to investigate the murder of Pinocchio, and realize the killer is hunting all creatures of folklore.

Alice in Wonderland 3D has caused a rush on all fairy tale and fantasy properties (witness the assorted Oz projects scattered over Hollywood), and while Imagine Entertainment hasn't set up a studio, a writer, or a director, it's supposed that these things are not far behind. Considering the very similar (and long gestating) adaptation of Fables is inching closer to a television debut, I wouldn't be surprised to see this jump to the front of Imagine's queue.
That's the cover for the book at the top of the page.  And now here's the trailer for the Legends graphic novel by Nick Percival which is due out on June 29 according to Amazon.

Yes everyone is riding the fairy tale wave right now. I don't mind because it's all interesting on at least some level!

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