You may remember at the beginning of the year Bryan Singer had two projects he was lining up to direct: Jack the Giant Killer and X-Men: First Class. Unfortunately for Singer neither could wait, so Singer became a producer on X-Men and 20th Century Fox brought in Matthew Vaughn to take over.
Filming on Giant Killer was originally set to begin this July, but they soon realized more time was needed to figure out the visual effects (as there will be a lot of them) so Warner Bros. pushed filming back to early next year. In the meantime Singer had his regular writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Wolverine 2) re-working the script, and now the project ready to go.
Bryan Singer is getting his green light on Jack the Giant Killer, and he’s now figuring out who’ll climb the vine and slay the oversized villain. I’m told it has become the role that young actors are circling. I’ve also heard that Singer’s sweet on Aaron Johnson, who played the title role in Kick-Ass, and portrayed the young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy. Now, Johnson is hardly a lock; New Line is seeing a lot of other young actors as well. Production will begin this spring.
In the fantasy adventure a princess is kidnapped, threatening a long-standing peace between men and giants. A young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giants’ kingdom in hope of rescuing her. Aaron Johnson would be a good pick, but we’ll have to see which other young actors have auditioned for the role.