Fresh off ending his run as the defacto director of the once hot potato Harry Potter series, David Yates has suddenly gone from being a little known TV director to becoming a giant name in the industry. What he does next will probably be the subject of a lot of attention, and Vulture is reporting that he already has three potential franchises on his plate.
Feeling a little bit jealous of Universal’s prospective Stephen King mega-franchise The Dark Tower, Warner Bros. is looking to get into the King business themselves. To that end they are looking to do a new version of one of King’s most famous novels, The Stand, which is likely to be stretched out into three films. Being the guy who made them a bajillion dollars with these last four Harry Potter movies, Yates would get first dibs on the new trilogy if he wants it. It’s a big commitment to make, and reportedly he has the next two weeks to decide.
Another direction he might go in is to make the Al Capone biopic Cicero, which was originally conceived as a TV series and also could be stretched out into at least a trilogy of films, if the studio saw fit. The news that current it-boy actor Tom Hardy has become attached to play Capone makes it seem even more likely that this tale could have some franchise potential. If Yates takes on this project he will have to find a way to work around Hardy’s Mad Max: Fury Road schedule however. I think the extra scheduling headache would be worth it as Hardy is A-mazing.
The third possibility for the director is that he may do an adaptation of the Vertigo comic series “Fables”, which was written by Bill Willingham. It tells the story of a group of fairy tale characters being forced out of their home worlds and being sent to ours, where they gather together in a community in New York City. Despite the fact that Fables would involve characters like Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf, don’t mistake it as something for children. Vertigo is DC Comics’ imprint for stranger, more mature stories, and “Fables” is no exception. There’s murder, infidelity, politics, and what have you inherent in these stories. Seeing as “Fables” has over 100 issues and many different story arcs to choose from, this is also a project with serious franchise potential.
Which of these three do you want to see Yates work on? Which one would you choose if you were in his shoes? If I were him, I’d just go to an island somewhere and live off of that Potter money. But, you know, that’s probably why I’m broke.