By Christopher Campbell
Another film about faeries is on its way to the big screen. Following this summer’s announcement that Miley Cyrus is to star in Disney’s adaptation of Aprilynne Pike’s teenage faerie tale “Wings," Variety reports that Universal is working on a movie based on “Wicked Lovely,” the first in a series of young adult books by Melissa Marr.
The projects aren’t very similar, however. Disney’s film, which is being produced by "Twilight" producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, involves a seemingly normal girl who sprouts wings, making her a human-sized faerie. “Wicked,” on the other hand, features a teenage girl who can merely see the creatures — though she is offered the chance to join that world by a faerie suitor who takes human form in order to pursue her.
A female high school student being romanced by a mythological creature? Why does that seem so familiar? Oh, right. On the surface, “Wicked” sounds a bit like another popular franchise that features vampires instead of faeries. And that makes me wonder if faeries are the latest trend for the fantasy genre, after vampires and werewolves.
The last time there was this much interest in the creatures, we got the dueling 1997 films “Fairy Tale: A True Story” and “Photographing Faeries,” both of which were inspired by the true story of the Cottingley Fairies hoax. Neither was a big success, and those of us fascinated by faeries have had to settle mostly for continued adaptations of “Peter Pan” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to get our faerie fix.
“Wicked,” which is being produced by Vince Vaughn’s company, Wild West Picture Show, and adapted by Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”; “The Nighmare Before Christmas”) could be the movie to bring newfound respect to faeries as cinematic subject matter in their own right (instead of just their usual supporting roles in movies like “Willow”) rather than the seemingly more-teenybopper-friendly “Wings.”
Are you a fan of the “Wicked Lovely” series and excited about seeing the books on the big screen? Do you hope movies about faeries catch on and become another fantasy film trend?