There is little doubt Jack Black has gotten bigger and bigger over the last decade when it comes to Hollywood status. But the actor, who stands a modest five-foot-six, will never be as big as he is in his next big screen outing, Gulliver’s Travels.
The latest adaptation of Irishman Johnathan Swift’s classic novel, which was first published in 1726, is set to hit screens on December 22, 2010, and Fox has released the first official hi-res poster.
Differentiating itself from past incarnations of Swift’s work over the years, the film will be in 3-D – of course – and no doubt have a very Jack Black edge to it.
The producers certainly haven’t messed around when it comes to promotion though, sticking with the tried and true image of Gulliver and his travels. See for yourself:
We saw a billboard at Cannes last month which featured Black on his back on a beach, being tied down by those little Lilliputians, and it’s more of the same when it comes to the official poster, just from a different angle.
If you don’t know already, it only takes one look at the image to realize that this adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels will take place in the present day, with Black playing a modern Lemuel Gulliver, who is a travel writer sent on assignment to Bermuda, but winds up on the island of Liliput. Presumably the dreaded Bermuda Triangle will play some role in proceedings.
Co-starring in the film is Emily Blunt, who backed out of Iron Man 2 to make the Gulliver’s Travels. She portrays Liliput’s Princess, while Billy Connolly is a welcome addition as the King. Also making an appearance will be Jason Segal as Horatio, who will spend most of the movie in Black’s shirt pocket.
Gulliver’s Travels will be the first live-action film to be directed by Rob Letterman, whose previous credits including writing and directing animated success stories Shark Tale and Monsters vs. Aliens.
The screenplay has been written by Nicholas Stoller (Fun With Dick and Jane, Get Him to the Greek) and Joe Stillman, who was part of the Oscar-nominated screenwriting quartet behind Shrek, and was also the writer on last year’s Planet 51.
With all the remakes coming out of the woodwork, Gulliver’s Travels is one that could do with a new take. Unlike Robin Hood, it is an adventure-fantasy story that has actually had few cinematic interpretations. There was the 1939 release, starring Sam Parker as Gulliver, then the 1977 version with Richard Harris in the lead role, and not much else. Ted Danson featured in a 1996 mini-series that was well-received.
It will be interesting to see how Black’s modern-day Gulliver’s Travels plays out … hopefully nothing like the actor’s last outing, Year One.
Source: Total Film