Exclusive: Joshua Williamson discusses Mirror Mirror's adaptation into a Hallmark TV movie
Writer Joshua Williamson's comic book Mirror Mirror, a modern day fairy tale adventure based on the magical mirror from Snow White, is being adapted into a TV movie.
Hallmark Channel has announced the start of production for The Hunters, shooting in Vancouver and Thailand, with a World Premiere slated for Friday, Oct. 25 (8p.m. ET/PT).
To get the scoop on this, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer exclusively caught up with Williamson at the Dwarves’ Cottage and filed the following interview.
Cosmic Book News: How did the whole deal come down to turn your graphic novel Mirror Mirror into a TV movie? How does that feel?
Joshua Williamson: Surreal sums it up best. I visited the set recently and saw them film scenes that were right out of the book. Seeing so many people working on this project that spawned from an idea I had was crazy. In some ways it made me feel small. But also like I did something cool at the same time.
It came about after years of hard work by the publisher Kickstart Entertainment. They had been developing it for years as a TV project that would be a family feature. Hallmark was looking for something for its family Friday movies, and that was it. Pretty simple.
Joshua Williamson: After the Snow White fable, Snow White and Prince Charming destroyed the magic mirror and scattered its pieces all over the world, hidden away so that its evil magic can never be used again. Now it’s present day and a group of bad guys are trying to put the mirror back together. Our heroes are racing to find them before they do.
It’s National Treasure meets Snow White.
Joshua Williamson: Kickstart along with Arc Entertainment are producing. This was a project that got optioned a while back while I was still working on it, and I have less say in things. Which doesn’t bother me at all. I want to write comics. That’s it. I let the Hollywood types do their job and I do mine.
Joshua Williamson: The original comic book’s main characters were Owen Grimm and Sally. A pair of young adventurers who were trying to stop the evil Mason and his men from putting the magic mirror back together.
A few changes were made to the characters and their names but I can tell you that Victor Garber (Alias) is playing Mason. The rest of the cast are: Michelle Forbes (In Treatment, True Blood), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills), Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People), Keenan Tracey (Bates Motel) and Dan Payne (Alice, I Think, Stargate Atlantis).
Joshua Williamson: Kind of a bit too early. Some of what they added were things I originally wanted to do but took out because of room. Because it’s a made for TV movie the budget is lower and they can’t pull off of some of the larger set pieces, like the Aztec temple from the beginning of the comic, but that’s it.
Joshua Williamson: It surprisingly follows the comic pretty close. They added a few things and took away a few others, but it really surprised me what stayed. It’s action and adventure. What I saw when I visited the set looked great. I was super happy.
Joshua Williamson: An all ages graphic novel I did called Dear Dracula was turned into an animated holiday special on Cartoon Network. Now if only I could get a TV series and a theatrical movie, I’ll feel like I accomplished something in life.
Joshua Williamson: Sometimes! No, really I’ve always prided myself in writing a bit of everything. Captain Midnight is a super hero story, but if you look at Ghosted from Image it’s a pretty dark crime story. I’ve always felt like I didn’t want to write genres but characters. That’s where the real fun is for me. Taking people and dropping them into unique and different places and seeing how they react. So it isn’t about the mindset that I’m in so much as it is the characters.
Joshua Williamson: Oh it’s too early to say. But stayed tuned!
Joshua Williamson: As you already mentioned, Captain Midnight is coming out from Dark Horse. Ghosted is my new creator-owned from Image, and I have the Masks and Mobsters hardcover collection coming out from Image in July.
It’s all exciting stuff that I’m super happy to be working on.
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Joshua Williamson for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions.
“The Hunters,” an adaptation of “Mirror Mirror,” will debut on the Hallmark Channel Friday, Oct. 25th (8 p.m. ET/PT).