Nowadays, if your graphic novel doesn’t get a major movie deal, you must feel like a bit of a failure, as its seems every one that comes out gets put into feature film development somewhere. The latest to get a movie deal is a graphic novel that doesn’t even arrive in shops until later this month, Legends, by Nick Percival.
Reinventing classic fairytale characters for an adult audience and a modern age, the dark steampunk-ish fantasy begins when the remains of Pinocchio are discovered. Red Hood, who’s grown into a renowned wolf hunter, and Jack (of …and the Beanstalk fame) team to find who is trying to kill ofd folklore characters. Along the way, they are assisted by the likes of Goldilocks, re-imagined as a mercenary, and Hansel & Gretel, now psychic exterminators.
THR reports that Brian Grazer and Ron Howards Imagine Entertainment, along with Radical Pictures (the film production arm of the graphic novel’s publisher), are teaming up to try and bring the book to the big screen. It certainly fits with the current vogue for updating classic public domin characters, kicked off by the billion dollar success of Alice In Wonderlands. That said, Legends is a lot darker than the Snow White, Cinderella and Oz movies other companies are working on.
As yet it’s very early days though, as no studio is attached to the Legends adaptation and there’s no writer.