While Yates is obviously eager to take some time off after releasing two ginormous films back-to-back, Vulture reports that the director is flying into town tomorrow to meet with Warner Bros. to discuss an adaption of King’s supernatural novel The Stand. Yates has apparently been re-reading King’s epic, and will decide in the next two weeks whether he wants to make the picture. Warner Bros. is hoping to split the massive book into three parts, from which the material will benefit monetarily creatively.
The director is certainly familiar with multi-film adaptations of beloved novels, but is he ready to jump into another one right away? Only time will tell, but if he’s got an interesting take on King’s saga, I’m all for it.
Lest you think Yates only has one big-budget film on his plate, the director is also apparently developing an Al Capone origin story called Cicero that Tom Hardy just attached himself to. The project was initially written as a TV pilot in the 1970’s, but has now been readapted for film. Again, Warner Bros. is eyeing a possible franchise or trilogy of films, with the first documenting the gangster’s rise to fame. While it’s extremely weird to think that a biopic trilogy could be a thing that exists, the prospect of Yates taking on a straight-up drama with no supernatural qualities is highly intriguing.
Vulture’s report states that Yates will be discussing the possibility of filming Cicero before Hardy moves on to shoot George Miller’s Mad Max reboot Fury Road next spring. However, Yates told Steve that he plans on filming his smaller movie sometime next year, so it’s unknown whether he’s simply considering the possibility, or would be willing to move his smaller project back to fit in with Hardy’s schedule.
But that’s not all, folks! Yates is also being courted by Warner Bros. to direct an adaptation of the comic book series Fables. That series follows the comings and goings of your favorite fairy tale characters going about their everyday lives in Manhattan’s Upper West Side (not unlike NBC’s new series Once Upon a Time). The Big-Bad-Wolf is the sheriff, who is investigating the death of Snow White’s party-girl sister (everyone knows the Whites cannot hold their liquor). The prime suspect is, of course, her ex-boyfriend Jack of Jack and the Beanstalk fame.