Bryan Singer is a busy guy these days. He’s signing directing agreements left and right. In his latest, this time with New Line, Singer has agreed to direct a new version of “Jack the Giant Killer,” written by “Live Free and Die Hard” writer Mark Bomback (he also wrote the less popular “Deception” starring Jennifer Aniston). The story is said to involve princesses, kidnapping of said princesses, and a war between giants and men. More giants after the jump.
Singer has recently agreed to direct a new film versions of “Battlestar Galactica” and “Excalibur,” making this his third remake of sorts on the horizon. He really seems to like films with a history. More interestingly, he isn’t slated to write any of these films. For a period, he was co-writing many of his scripts including “X-Men,” “X2,” and “Superman Returns.” Beginning with “Valkyrie,” he’s chosen to direct only. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Jack and the Giant Killer” may be Singer’s next project, superseding “Excalibur” and “Galactica.”
“Jack the Giant Killer,” was last seen in the 1962, and has iterations dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Most previous incarnations have been similar to the classic “Jack and the Beanstalk” tale. The story is actually a lot like Super Mario Bros. An evil sorcerer named Pendragon kidnaps Princess Elaine. He wants power, and holding a princess hostage is a classic way to get it. Jack, a brave farm lad, sets off on a quest to rescue her, eventually slaying the giant monster Pendragon had sent to kidnap Elaine. The King then charges Jack with protecting the princess on a journey across the sea, but Pendragon captures her again. Eventually Pendragon turns himself into a giant dragon and dukes it out with Jack. You can probably guess who wins.
This sounds like a decent movie, but it makes me wish for a decent film adaptation of “Super Mario Bros.” or “The Legend of Zelda.” I’ll have to keep dreaming.