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The revisionist fantasy spec script FAIRY GODMOTHER has been acquired after a round of competitive bidding by MGM. The script hails from playwright Chiara Atik, with Whiplash‘s Helen Estabrook set to produce.
Fairy godmothers have been staples of fairy tales since their inception, taking many different forms and having various types of roles in the stories. This script is a comedic revisionist look at the character of the fairy godmother. Revisionism is popular in fairy tales, given how often they’re re-told. One of the most recent ones was Disney’s Maleficent, which was noticeably less comic, but still revisionist through and through. There’s also Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror, Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, and even on the smaller screen with ABC’s Once Upon a Time and NBC’s Grimm.
Clearly Hollywood has made room for these stories — just look at Disney’s never-ending list of live-action remakes they have in development — and given their massive success most of the time, it’s no wonder MGM wanted to secure this project.
Atik is a prolific writer in many fields. Her plays include Women and Five Times in One Night, with the latter being put on in London next year by Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions. She also wrote the book Modern Dating: A Field Guide and a chapter about Paris in An Experience Worth Allegedly Having: Travel Stories from The Hairpin. In the television world, she wrote for Netflix’s upcoming animated series Green Eggs and Ham.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.