Jack the Giant Killer or ‘that dumb beanstalk movie that stopped Bryan Singer from directing X-Men: First Class‘, as it is otherwise known to X-Men fans, will begin filming in July according to Production Weekly. The film is a modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened and a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped princess.
Singer will shoot the film in London and on location in Iceland, so it should have a grand adventurous feel to it. This is Singer’s first time making a fairytale fantasy film. He’s made comic book movies that were rather grounded and are famous for their realistic approach, but Jack the Giant Killer should be new territory for the director. After seeing James Cameron’s Avatar Singer asked New Line to consider using 3D for shooting the film, so it could be Singer’s first time with that technology too.
Jack the Giant Killer has a release date set for late 2011, although depending on how post-production goes it may be released in 2012. Hopefully after he’s wrapped that he can return to the X-Men franchise to direct X-Men 4 or possibly X-Men: First Class 2.