One of several live-action spin-off projects that Disney has in the works is a Tinker Bell movie that was previously said to be titled Tink. That looks to still be the case, but it’s hard to tell seeing how there’s been little to nothing new to report about the film since Elizabeth Banks was revealed as being attached to play the titular tiny fairy/pixie – back in July of 2010.
Banks was recently promoting her next film, Man on a Ledge, when she provided an update on the status of Tink, including what the narrative basis for the movie is and how far along it is in pre-production.
Actress/aspiring writer Elizabeth Wright Shapiro (30 Minutes or Less) reportedly penned the earliest draft of the script for Tink, but Fright Night scribe Marti Noxon was thereafter brought onboard to rework the film’s screenplay. Banks remains set to produce the motion picture, alongside Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages) and McG (Charlie’s Angels).
Here is how Banks describes Tink in its current form (via Moviehole):
“It’s a live action Tinkerbell movie sort of in the vein of ‘Elf’ in which I would play Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell gets thrown out of Never Never Land, and it’s about where she goes and who she meets and the adventures she has….Tinkerbell is one of the greatest characters because she’s mischievous and snarky and fun and sexy and jealous and vengeful.”
Tink sounds more like Enchanted than Elf, truth be told, but there are definitely similarities to that Will Ferrell flick, going off Banks’ comments. In other words, the movie should amount to a kid-friendly, fish-out-of-water comedy where the bulk of the laughs comes from Banks portraying Tinker Bell in an earnest fashion. That doesn’t sound so bad, really, given Banks’ strong comedic talents and Noxon’s ability to craft witty banter.
However, Banks also emphasized that, because Tink is still only in the early stages of development, “who knows, it might not even happen.” So, don’t get too excited (or, alternatively, too irritated) about this project just yet.
Disney’s upcoming slate of live-action “re-imaginings” based (to some degree) on classic fairy tale characters from their animation catalogue includes Tink, Maleficent, Cinderella, and Snow and the Seven. Both the aforementioned Sleeping Beauty and Snow White flicks have secured directors already, so those two are currently the most likely candidates to reach the big screen first.
Banks’ starmeter doesn’t look to plummet anytime soon, thanks to her role in the upcoming The Hunger Games; so long as she remains onboard to headline/produce Tink, it doesn’t seem all that likely that the project will fall through the cracks, regardless of what happens to its peers.
Besides, the eponymous character has already proven to be a cash cow for Disney (see: the company’s numerous direct-to-DVD Tinker Bell movies) which only improves the odds that Tink will eventually come to fruition – for better or for worse.
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of Tink as the story develops.