Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer has been coming together over the past couple weeks. We’ve heard casting for some of the supporing roles — Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci and John Kassir all have roles.

Until today, there was no Jack. Now, just after we heard he was on a shortlist, the role has been offered to Nicholas Hoult, who had an early breakout role in About a Boy, then appeared in the original UK version of Skins, had a big role in A Single Man, and plays Beast in the Bryan Singer-produced X-Men: First Class. Read More »

Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Easy A) and Bill Nighy (Deathly Hallows Part 1, Love Actually) have joined the cast of director Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer. The 3D fantasy/adventure project has been billed as an “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The plot summary is as follows: “When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.”

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Most people who go to the movies take it for granted, but light is as important a facet of cinema as the budget or the script. Without light, your movie couldn’t be projected up onto the big screen. And without light on set, the cameras wouldn’t be able to recognize the image in front of them. Or would they?

Bryan Singer popped online recently to write a little bit about his upcoming film Jack The Giant Killer. He said he’s going to shoot it in 3D using EPIC Red cameras and that, because he’s using that camera and the film is set before electricity, he can “more effectively explore the use of natural light.” Is Singer making his Barry Lyndon? Read more after the jump. Read More »

Heat Vision has gotten a hold of the short list of actors (and actresses) being considered for the lead roles in director Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer. he 3D fantasy/adventure project has been billed as an “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The plot summary is as follows: “When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.”

According to the report, Singer and the studio are hoping to do screen tests for the male and female leads in London within the next two weeks. Which actors and actresses are in line for the film? Find out after the jump.

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Aaron Johnson was one of a few actors revealed to be taking meetings to play the titular role in Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer back in May, as was Andrew Garfield. Of course, Garfield’s going to be a bit busy now, what with him starring in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, so that leaves only Johnson and whoever his competition may be—which is apparently every young male actor working today. Read More »

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While no one has been officially cast as the young farmer Jack in Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Killer, a few actors have been name-checked as having meetings for the role, including Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus/Social Network star Andrew Garfield.

The film, which was originally scheduled to begin shooting this Summer in England, has now been been pushed back to February 2011, in an effort to give Singer more time to better figure out the visual effects. According to HeatVision, Singer will use a process that will supposedly allow him to see the giants in-camera as the actors play opposite them.

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Academy Award-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) will reteam with director Bryan Singer on a rewrite of Jack the Giant Killer. The 3D fantasy/adventure project has been billed as an “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The original script was written by Lost (the indie film, not the TV show) scribe Darren Lemke, with a re-write by Live Free or Die Hard/Race to Witch Mountain writer Mark Bomback. DJ Caruso was originally attached to direct.

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We’ve just been hearing that, in addition to directing X-Men: First Class, Fox may be interested in tapping Bryan Singer to direct a fourth X-Men movie that fits directly into that series’ established continuity. There is also implication that Fox wants him for Wolverine 2. Which is all well and good, but a man only has so many hours in the day, especially when there are already contracts signed to make another picture. That other picture is the Warner Bros. film Jack the Giant Killer, and the schedule to make that movie would seem to block Singer’s ability to make another X-Men movie for some time. What’s going on here? Read More »

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I’ll probably be waiting a long time to hear that Ken Loach or Joe Swanberg is looking into 3D for their next production, but it seems that stereography really has caught on with franchise-type pictures, genre films and so on. Over the last few weeks there’s been explicit discussion of an ‘Avatar effect’, a redoubled interest in the form from the studios looking, jaws dead on the floor, at the box-office receipts for Cameron’s latest.

Is this perceived effect real? It seems it will be, and I’m sure that seems to be no surprise if you think of Hollywood as cash grabbing. But is it really the money men driving the decision to go 3D? Might it not be the creatives?

Bryan Singer has reportedly requested New Line allow his next picture Jack the Giant Killer be shot in 3D. The discussion is apparently still ongoing. It’s the pen hovering over the checkbook that’s hesitating here, not the artist.

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X-Men First Class

News that Bryan Singer had signed to direct X-Men: First Class created a lot of excitement, but just as many questions, in the world of comic book movie fandom. We know that Jamie Moss has been hired to write, and the director had also revealed that the film would cover “the formative years of Xavier and Magneto, and the formation of the school and where there [sic] relationship took a wrong turn.” Many of you, like us, wondered if this new First Class film meant that the long-proposed X-Men Origins: Magneto film is now off the table.

Heat Vision was able to talk with the director, and get some answers. Singer admitted that First Class would “probably utilize some of the Magneto story because it deals with a young Magneto,” and that “it might supersede” that plan because this new movie would explore “that relationship between a young energetic professor and a disenfranchised victim of the Holocaust.”

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