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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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Bryan Singer Tackles Jack the Giant Killer For New Line

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Among Bryan Singer‘s potential next projects, the most odd-seeming was Jack the Giant-Killer. (Which has been mistaken at certain points for Jack and the Beanstalk; they’re different but similar stories.) Now, Singer looks to be making Jack his next film, and the movie is being fast-tracked. Hey, it’s better than another Battlestar Galactica reboot, right? Read More »

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A possible return to the X-Verse, an adaptation of a folk tale or another cinematic pass at… er… a folk saga. Why all of these Bryan Singer projects at once? Who knows, but I’m definitely not complaining.

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D.J. Caruso To Direct Jack the Giant Killer

I’ve always been a huge fan of director D.J. Caruso, despite his recent misfire with Eagle Eye (you can hear an interview I did with him by clicking here). The man has loads of talent and has worked extensively and admirably in both the TV and film industries. His skill has won him a fruitful partnership with Steven Spielberg.  More importantly, a lot of his work centers around properties with sci-fi concepts, and we can always used more skilled people taking on that genre.

According to Variety, Caruso is now set to direct Jack the Giant Killer, and “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend.” The script was written by Lost (the indie film, not the TV show) scribe Darren Lemke, with a re-write by Mark Bomback.  The original “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tale centered around a boy who exchanged a cow for magical beans. After the beans grew into a gigantic beanstalk, Jack climbed it to find a huge house with a giant living inside it, which Jack then began to pilfer. The story ends with Jack killing the giant in self-defense, kind of. A variation on the story, “Jack the Giant Killer,” has Jack venturing into a land of giants and slaying them in increasingly gruesome ways. The new film sounds like it will be some combination of the two. Variety’s 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.

I much prefer “adult” takes on these classic stories, as I think there’s huge potential to mine them for deeper themes and, in this case probably, action. Plus, any film that shows fairy tale icons for the true bloodthirsty killers they are gets an A in my book.

Discuss: Would you see an adult-oriented take on Jack and the Beanstalk? Which fairy tale adaptations geared towards adults have you enjoyed in the past?

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