Bryan Singer is set to direct the fantasy adventure Jack the Giant Killer
for New Line and Legendary Pictures. Based on an old English fairy tale the story begins, as they often do, when a princess is kidnapped. Following this, the peace between man and giant is threatened and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her.
The tale has had a cinematic outing before in 1962, which used Ray Harryhausen style stop-motion and starred Kerwin Matthews. It was not exactly critically acclaimed though, here's what the New York Times had to say about it
"The acting is terrible, the dialogue is even worse, and some extremely jarring touches of the macabre - yowling skeletons and witches, splashed around in rather messy special effects - simply aren't for the small fry. Not ours, anyway. And some of the combats involving the giants (there are two), various monsters (rubber) and the slender Mr. Mathews are a gory eyeful."
Singer's version is being produced by Neil Moritz and David Dobkin and written by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard
). It is the third project Singer has attached himself to recently, along with the Battlestar Gallactica
film and the Excalibur
remake, but is likely to be Singer's next movie as it is being fast tracked according to Heat Vision blog.