Word about the forthcoming live-action Tinkerbell project, entitled Tink, first surfaced way back in the summer of 2010, with Elizabeth Banks coming on board to star as the eponymous mischievous fairy.

Whilst promoting her forthcoming crime thriller Man on a Ledge (which looks really good, and comes out in just a few more weeks), Banks spoke to MovieHole, via Collider, about the project, likening it to Jon Favreau’s wildly popular Christmas film, Elf, led by Will Ferrell:

“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.”

Marti Noxon, whose credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, and last year’s Fright Night remake, is currently working on the script for the film, and Banks emphasises that the project is still very much in the early stages:

“We’re in script stage and everybody is really excited and blah, blah, doesn’t mean anything. You might as well not even write it down because who knows, it might not even happen.”

Of course, the nature of the film industry means that she’s right; scripts come and go without ever getting made. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t get excited about this. The prospect of Banks starring in a live-action film, written by Marti Noxon, is almost too good to be true for me. I love the concept, and can’t wait to hear more as this story develops. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Until then, we can look forward to seeing Banks opposite Sam Worthington in Man on a Ledge, which also stars Jamie Bell, Edward Burns, Ed Harris, and Anthony Mackie, and will be released here in the UK on 3rd February.