'Once Upon a Time' is broadening its horizons.
Set in the town of Storybrooke, where fairy tale creatures and characters come to life, 'Once Upon a Time's second season is set to introduce many more familiar faces outside of the traditional fairy-tale fare.
The new characters being added to the motley crew in the upcoming season include literary classics (such as Captain Hook and Sir Lancelot) and historical myths (including Mulan). Entertainment Weekly sat down with showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and rapid-fired some famous characters in their direction, asking what the chances are that they would consider having them make an appearance in Storybrooke.
Here's what they had to say!
Horowitz: “Definitely in-bounds.”
Kitsis: “Never talked about Tarzan. But in a world where The Jungle Book exists, I don’t know why Tarzan couldn’t either.”
Kitsis: “He’s been on the show — in phone form. I can’t ever see how he’d get on and feel real.”
Kitsis: “Probably not. Too historical.”
CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW:
Kitsis: “We loved 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' so much. But unless we get Johnny Depp, how could we do Jack Sparrow?”
Horowitz: “We can’t do it. He’s Jack Sparrow.” Kitsis: “Unless Johnny Depp [wants to appear on] 'Once Upon a Time,' then we will write Jack Sparrow all day!”
Kitsis: “You never know.”
Horowitz: “That’s an interesting one.”
THE LITTLE MERMAID:
Kitsis: “Absolutely. We’re waiting for the right moment. You don’t want it to be just one episode.”
Horowitz: “It’s already woven into the fabric of what we’re doing; the only question is when.”
Horowitz: “He’s on the border. Possible.”
THE WIZARD OF OZ:
Kitsis: “We’ve been talking about Oz since Day 1. Look at the pilot. One of the pages of Henry’s book shows flying monkeys. And in Jefferson’s hat there seemed to be an emerald curtain.” Adam: “Oz is another ‘when,’ not ‘if.’”
Horowitz: “I like Ahab.”
Kitsis: “You never know.”
Kitsis: “Here’s something interesting. Originally the sheriff was Sherlock Holmes. He was going to be a detective and his curse was he was in a town with no mystery. So he was this bored sheriff. And there was a rights issue so we could not get it. But now we’re so in love with the BBC’s Sherlock, I don’t want to even play in that arena. We’ll never have Sherlock unless Benedict Cumberbatch wants to come on.”
Kitsis: “I could see Alan Bradley being the IT guy in Storybrooke.”
Kitsis: “In-bounds, but it won’t be this year.”
Kitsis: “Are we doing 'Fifty Shades of Grey?' Yes!”
Stay tuned to 'Once Upon a Time' and TVRage for more fairy tale character appearances!