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Once Upon A Time - Pilot Script Review




ONCE UPON A TIME
Network: ABC
Written By: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
Draft Date: January 28, 2011
Pages: 58

Once Upon a Time is billed as a sort of Fables, a story where fairy tales come to life in a town in the real world. This is both literally true and entirely misleading.

The pilot presents a twin story structure. One, in the Fairy Tale Land, where we begin with a familiar scene of Prince Charming finding Snow White dead in a glass coffin. He kisses her, she wakes up, yadda yadda yadda, happily ever after. Or is it? We play out what happens next, which involves the Evil Queen (hey, I thought she died in the fairy tale? Just the Disney version?) cursing the happy couple, their as-yet-unborn child, and the entire land, then Snow and Charming doing everything in their power to prevent said curse: no more happy endings.

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