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Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer' Gets Go Ahead, Aaron Johnson Still Linked To Lead

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 21, 2010 at 11:24AM

Earlier this year, Bryan Singer's gestating "Jack The Giant Killer" hit a production delay, at least partly due to the film's complex visual effects: with a plot involving the titular hero traveling to a land of giants to rescue a princess, Singer was still working out exactly how to carry out the size difference. It was reported that his plans involved using a process that enables him to see the giants in-camera. The other issue not reported at the time was that the script by Darren Lemke and Mark Bomback needed work. With Singer torn between 'Jack' and potentially directing "X-Men: First Class," Warner Bros. locked him in to prevent him from jumping ship, Christopher McQuarrie got the script into shape, and now, the project has the greenlight.
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Earlier this year, Bryan Singer's gestating "Jack The Giant Killer" hit a production delay, at least partly due to the film's complex visual effects: with a plot involving the titular hero traveling to a land of giants to rescue a princess, Singer was still working out exactly how to carry out the size difference. It was reported that his plans involved using a process that enables him to see the giants in-camera. The other issue not reported at the time was that the script by Darren Lemke and Mark Bomback needed work. With Singer torn between 'Jack' and potentially directing "X-Men: First Class," Warner Bros. locked him in to prevent him from jumping ship, Christopher McQuarrie got the script into shape, and now, the project has the greenlight.

Now aiming for a spring 2011 production start date, New Line and Singer are beginning to look at potential leads. Aaron Johnson, who met with Singer this past spring (along with Andrew Garfield) about the project, is said to be an early favorite, but the studio is still looking at other options. We'd imagine the same kinds of names that were knocked around for "Spider-Man" will also be tossed around here.

Last we heard, the film was looking to shoot in London and Iceland with Singer considering shooting the film in 3D, but no confirmation yet on the locations or format of the film.


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