Saturday, October 23, 2010

Bryan Singer 's Jack the Giant Killer Has Been Green Lit

As we all know, several movie projects are started but few ever make it to a final product we get to see. I've posted here before about Bryan Singer's interest in doing a movie version of Jack the Giant Killer. Apparently it has finally been green lit and should go into full production. So we can look for it sometime in the future. This one, I admit, interests me since it is not a tale frequently interpreted onto film for the big screen.

From ‘Jack the Giant Killer’ Has Green Light with Bryan Singer by Gig Patta:

New Line has given director Bryan Singer the green light for the remake of “Jake the Giant Killer.”

The story is a dark retelling of the English fairy tale, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” The script is written by Darren Lemke and Mark Bomback, who have previously worked on “Lost,” and “Die Hard 4.”

More specifically, it will be a remake of the 1962 version of “Jack the Giant Killer,” starring Kerwin Mathews and Judi Meredith. The story is about a farm boy that becomes a knight to fend off an evil wizard and protect a princess.

The next step is for someone to play Jack. According to Deadline, Singer is considering Aaron Johnson, who played Dave Lizewski in “Kick-Ass.” However, other young actors are in consideration as well.

Jack the Giant Killer

Bryan Singer had originally planned on getting Jack the Giant Killer before cameras this past summer, but concerns over the special effects and a script revamp prevented production from moving forward. Singer’s been biding his time with producer duties on X-Men: First Class, but now it looks like he’s all set for his trip up the beanstalk.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have officially given Jack the Giant Killer the green light and filming is expected to begin this spring.

The film is a darker version of the classic Jack & the Beanstalk fairytale that starts with a shaky truce between humans and giants being broken. The title character leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in the hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.

When it was decided that the original script by Darren Lemke and Mark Bombak needed work, Singer contemplated directing X-Men: First Class for Fox in the meantime. Warner Bros. recognized that similar circumstances lead to the acclaimed filmmaker abandoning the X-Men franchise back in 2004 so that he could direct Superman Returns for them – and they weren’t about to let Fox get even.

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