Director Bryan Singer Talks Jack the Giant Killer
06.04.11 by Ryan
Production on director Bryan Singer's 3-D action movie Jack the Giant Killer began earlier this week, and Singer took his time to talk about the production to The LA Times. Singer, known for his work in comic book movies like the first two X-Men movies, and Superman Returns, said he was happy to work on Giant Killer, which is a retelling of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" folktale.
I think this is the antidote to Valkyrie. With that movie, I was so obsessed with the accuracy and the history and the detail, and this film is a fantastical time in England. It's not pegged to a particular time in history, and it deals with fun and broad characters.
While the title implies that the movie will have action and giant-killing, Singer says the movie also includes a love story about Jack (Nicholas Hoult from X-Men: First Class, which Singer produced) and a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) that he must save from the giants he accidentally allows into the universe.
It's the first time in one of my films that there's a romance that's not fraught with a love triangle. The simpleness of this romance is my cure for all the love triangles that permeated the X-Men.
While the movie is based on fairy tales, Singer thinks that Giant Killer will be about the "nature of storytelling" as well.
I think this takes it a step further — it's all about the nature of storytelling. The tale is told by certain characters, and then it gets retold. It shows you can't separate the story from the way it's told.
Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Darren Lemke, and Mark Bomback, Jack the Giant Killer stars Ewan McGregor as palace guard Elmont, Bill Nighy and John Kassir as the two-headed leader of the giants, Ian McShane as King Brahmwell, and Stanley Tucci as the Brahmwell's villainous adviser Lord Roderick.