Jack the Giant Slayer (previously titled Jack the Giant Killer) is an upcoming fantasy/adventure film based on the “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk” fairy tales. The film is directed by Bryan Singer and stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor with a screenplay written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney. The film tells the story of Jack, a young farmhand who must rescue a princess from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway to their world.
Development of Jack the Giant Slayer began in January 2009 with the hiring of D. J. Caruso to direct film. By August, Caruso was replaced by Singer, who hired McQuarrie to rework the script in April 2010. The main characters were cast between February and March 2011, and principal photography began in April 2011 in England with locations in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Norfolk. Release of the film was moved back in post production to allow more time for special effects and marketing.
Jack the Giant Slayer is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2013 in 2D and 3D..
When Jack, a young farmhand, accidentally opens a gateway to the world of Giants an ancient war restarts as the giants, thought only of as legend, try and reclaim the world they lost centuries ago. Jack is forced into a fight to not only save his own life, but that of those in the kingdom and that of the princess.
In October 2010, New Line gave Bryan Singer the green-light to begin pre-production work on Jack the Giant Killer with production scheduled to begin the following spring.In November 2010 Singer began screen testing for the male and female leads. Aaron Johnson, Nicholas Hoult and Aneurin Barnard were up for the young farmer role and Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins and Juno Temple were testing for the part of the princess.
In December 2010, Singer that, “I’m very much looking forward to using the EPIC Red for my next movie Jack the Giant Killer which will be shot in, what else, 3D. The camera’s incredibly compact size and extraordinary resolution are ideal for the 3D format. But more importantly Jack the Giant Killer is my first movie set in a time before electricity. The EPIC’s extraordinary exposure latitude will allow me to more effectively explore the use of natural light”.
In February 2011, it was reported that Stanley Tucci had been cast as the villain, an adviser to the king with designs on usurping power. Also included in the report was news that Bill Nighy and John Kassir will play Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants; Nighy gets to play the big head while Kassir will play the small head. Also in February, Nicholas Hoult was offered the lead role.Singer stated that he liked him since Skins and was very supportive of his casting in X-Men: First Class.Later in the same month, Ewan McGregor joined the cast as the leader of the king’s elite guard, who helps fight giants.
In March 2011, Eleanor Tomlinson was cast opposite Nicholas Hoult as the princess.Also in March, Ian McShane was cast to play the princess’ father, King Brahmwell. Two days later New Line and Warner Bros. announced a release date of June 15, 2012