I'm pretty excited to see what director Bryan Singer has in store for us with his new film Jack The Giant Killer, which is loosely based on the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The film is currently in production, and this is Singer's first directing project since 2008's Valkyrie, which the more I see, the more I like. He's shooting the film in 3D using the Epic Red camera, and he's talked about how he was looking forward to experimenting with more natural light. In a recently interview with the LA Times Singer goes a little more in depth, talking about Jack the Giant Killer, and how it's taking him in different directions of filmmaking and storytelling.
I think this is the antidote to Valkyrie, With that movie, I was so obsessed with the accuracy and the history and the detail, and this film is a fantastical time in England. It’s not pegged to a particular time in history, and it deals with fun and broad characters.
According to the Times, his version of the story "centers on a farmhand who accidentally opens a door between worlds allowing non-human giants into our universe, in turn motivating Jack to attempt to slay the giants and rescue a princess to boot." Singer then goes on to talk about the romance aspect of the film saying,
It’s the first time in one of my films that there’s a romance that’s not fraught with alove triangle. The simpleness of this romance is my cure for all the love triangles that permeated the X-Men.
As you know this isn't the only live-action fairytale being developed in Hollywood we've got multiple Snow White and Peter Pan movies being made. But it seems like Singer is more interested in going deeper, and exploring more of the way the story is told. He concluded the interview by saying,
I think this takes it a step further — it’s all about the nature of storytelling. The tale is told by certain characters, and then it gets retold. It shows you can’t separate the story from the way it’s told.
Singer is a very talented director, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this film turns out. The movie is scheduled to be released on June 15th 2012.
Ewan McGregor plays the leader of the king’s elite guard, who helps fight giants. Nicholas Hoult stars in the title role of the film Jack, a farmer who leads an expedition into the giants' kingdom to rescue a kidnapped princess. Eleanor Tomlinson plays the princess who runs away from the kingdom and is kidnapped by the giants. Before that happens, she runs into Jack, the son of a farmer and makes a strong enough impression that he leads a mission into the land of the giants to get her back. The cast also includes Ian McShane, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and John Kassir. Mark Bomback, Darren Lemke and Christopher McQuarrie wrote the script.