An exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Imagine Entertainment (Brian Grazer & Ron Howard) and Radical Pictures are teaming up to develop a movie based on Nick Percival’s upcoming graphic novel Legends: The Enchanted. The novel takes a dark, twisted approach to various fairytale characters like Red Riding Hood and Jack the Giant Killer as they come together and “team up.” As it were.
THR summarises the story of the novel as such:
The story in “Legends” is set in motion 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.
It also apparently incorporates “a mash-up of steampunk and creatures, technology and magic.” Which sounds awesome to me. I love violent takes on classic fairytales, and for all the upcoming Oz, Snow White, and Cinderella films that have been announced recently – none have me excited. I don’t know if any are going to take a wildly different, or perhaps gruesome approach to their source material. A lot of them are at Disney, and unfortunately, it’s likely they’ll all play it pretty safe like Tim Burton’s Alice.
The plot of Legends kinda reminds me of Jasper Fforde’s Nursery Crime novels. And while the set-up is certainly something that interests me, there is one thing that worries me: the provided artwork for the graphic novel (pictured above). Most of the characters have guns, and they’re all riding motorbikes. This seems to tip the other end of the scales, leaning towards a more horrendously over-the-top approach. When I say I want dark and disturbing, I dunno if that really includes gatling guns mounted on bikes. It could be entertaining at least, and I reckon the end result will be along the lines of Stephen Sommers’s Van Helsing. No studios or writers are attached to the project yet, so we probably won’t be seeing this one for a while. Might be worth keeping an eye on though.
Now where’s Guillermo del Toro?