Although ABC's announced Fables adaptation will, sadly, likely never happen, one fairy tale-themed television pilot holds definite promise for next season. Not NBC's "dark but fantastical cop drama" Grimm, which, despite its pedigree -- writers/producers Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) are behind it -- sounds a little fee-fi-ho-hum.
No, I'm talking about Once Upon a Time, the slightly surreal-sounding drama being developed for ABC by Lost producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Your level of excitement for the project may be tied directly to your feelings about the Lost finale -- hey, I loved it -- but Vulture's interview with the duo gives me great hopes for the new project.
The premise has a definite Lost-like element: dual plots unfolding in separate realities, our world and a fairy-tale land. Once Upon a Time centers on a young boy in Storybrooke, Maine, who's convinced everything isn't as it seems. And so (somehow) we're introduced to another world, where evil queens, dwarves and other characters are very real.
"We're not doing the 12-year-old kid version of this," Kitsis says. "We're gonna tell stories that are dark and complex and emotional. They're not going to be lowered for younger people. Because at the end of the day, we want to do something that doesn't suck."
Once Upon a Time is still in its early stages, but given that the project is shepherded by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof (he's serving as a consultant) and comes from two of the producers of the hit series, it probably has a good chance of making it to air. The pilot just landed a director, too: Entourage veteran Mark Mylod.