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ADAPT THIS: “Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love” by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus

ADAPT THIS: “Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love” by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus (photo)

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from the industry’s top comic creators about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.


This Week’s Book: “Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love” by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus

The Premise: Popular storybook heroine Cinderella may seem like a man-crazy, shoe-obsessed ditz to the world at large, but she’s hiding a big secret: she’s actually one of the greatest spies who ever lived. Tasked with investigating the black-market sale of magical weapons, Cinderella’s investigation has her crossing paths with Aladdin, Puss in Boots, and a variety of other famous (and not-so-famous) characters in this spinoff from Bill Willingham’s award-winning Fables comic book series.

The Pitch: While a television series and/or movie based on Fables has been in the works for years now and suffered countless setbacks, an adaptation of Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love might actually be the best introduction to the wide-reaching universe Willingham has created. Unlike the first volume of Fables, much of Cinderella takes place outside the magical world of Fabletown, with the well-known character finding adventure in our mundane world (along with the occasional cameo from her fellow fables).

Along with the obvious appeal of an attractive female lead, a Cinderella television series would also serve up the architecture of the greater Fables universe in bite-size, episodic chunks. In many ways, this could solve one of the major problems in developing a live-action Fables series: the potential to overwhelm new audiences with the sheer number of characters, places, and stories that make up the world of Fables.

Combining action, espionage, and liberal doses of comedy as its main character strives to maintain her cover as the flaky owner of a shoe store, Cinderella would likely fill a genre niche similar to shows like “Alias” or “Covert Affairs.” And though it would certainly find an audience among comic book and fantasy fans, it also has name recognition among anyone familiar with the character’s storybook tale of glass slippers and fairy godmothers — which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone.

As for Cinderella herself, it’s not difficult to see the career-building potential in the role. A talented actress would be able to show off her action chops, but also showcase her range when the series delves into more comedic or — on the other side of the spectrum — dramatic elements. Think “Alias” meets “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and you’re on the right track.

The Closing Argument: It’s no secret that everyone wants an adaptation of Fables to both meet the high standards of its source material and illustrate why the series is so beloved by its fans. The big question, however, is how to find a way into the series’ universe without scaring away mainstream audiences. Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love could very well be the answer.

Mixing real-world spy drama with a manageable number of well-known storybook characters, Cinderella offers a taste of the greater Fables universe without requiring anything more from its audience than a passing knowledge of the stories that made Cinderella and a few other well-known characters famous. If handled properly, that taste of a larger universe that Cinderella offers is very likely to have audiences clamoring to know more, leaving the door wide open for exploring other corners of the faerie-tale world Willingham has created.


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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…