‘Jack the Giant Killer’ Delayed Until Spring 2013

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jack the giant killer nicholas hoult Jack the Giant Killer Delayed Until Spring 2013

Yet another fairy tale-based project has vacated its 2012 release date, less than two weeks after Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters was pushed back to 2013. The latest fantastical adventure to abandon ship is the Bryan Singer-directed Jack the Giant Killer, which will now be released in spring of 2013, rather than Summer 2012.

The Warner Bros.-backed fantasy flick’s delay has partially affected two of the studio’s other upcoming films: the Jukebox musical, Rock of Ages, which has been bumped back slightly, to take Jack‘s previous spot – and the Medieval tale re-imagining, Arthur & Lancelot, a still-in-development project that has (unofficially) been shelved, for the time being.

Jack the Giant Killer was originally supposed to hit every kind of screen out there (re: 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D) on June 15th of 2012; now, it won’t be arriving in U.S. theaters until March 22nd, 2013, just a week after Arthur & Lancelot‘s previously-set release date. As mentioned before, Rock of Ages has now been shuffled back to that June 15th slot and writer/director David Dobkin’s Arthurian legend flick is without a concrete release date.

It’s a shame that we’ll have to wait so long to see the film that Singer passed over X-Men: First Class to direct; not only did the Jack the Giant Killer teaser hint at an exciting and grand-scale “modernized” fable, but the combination of that entertaining trailer and the film’s excellent cast was enough to land that flick a spot on our most anticipated 2012 movies list. Arthur & Lancelot, by comparison, doesn’t read as being quite so enticing right now, but it has been attracting the interest of top-notch acting talent like Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard – so, that’s something.

As with all major release date delays, it’s difficult to not be concerned that Singer’s fairy tale re-imagining might not be such hot stuff after all. However, it is possible that Warner Bros. actually made the move for one (or both) of the following reasons:

  1. Arthur & Lancelot hasn’t made enough progress down the production pipeline for it to make its original Spring 2013 release date. Hence, Warner replaced it with Jack the Giant Killer, which is already well on its way through post-production; that will also allow Singer and Co. to polish off the film at a more relaxed pace.
  2. Jack the Giant Killer was originally set to open two weeks after Snow White and the Huntsman, as well as one week before Brave and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – all three of which will be competing in part for the attention of the fantasy/action crowd (like Jack). By comparison, Singer’s film now has to face off against two titles that appeal to very different demographics: Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips (a.k.a. his A Captain’s Duty adaptation) and the DreamWorks’ CGI toon, The Croods.

Not to mention – Jack the Giant Killer will open almost a year exactly after another promising action title that features a nice mix of young and experienced acting talent, ie. The Hunger Games. Seeing how the latter is expected to become a big hit this March, Singer’s movie could feasibly do likewise next year.

To reiterate: Jack the Giant Killer will now hit 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on March 22nd, 2013.

Source: Warner Bros.

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  1. The movie looks solid but with all those big movies coming out in the summer, maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. This summer is jam packed. I’m kinda disappointed because it looks original and epic.

  2. I am going to be so broke this summer. :)

  3. Your not the only one INK i’ve been saving up money since the start of december.

  4. Wait, “Arthur & Lancelot”? This is the first time I’ve heard about this movie. What is it, a radical re-imagining akin to Brokeback Mountain set in the medieval ages? (while I’m halfheartedly joking, I wouldn’t put it past Hollywood at this point)

    • I think Singer being involved with an Excalibur type movie has been mentioned, along with him doing Battlestar Galactica. This “Arthur and Lancelot” may be that project.

      And what you are suggesting sounds like a Singer themed bromance movie, like how he sees the X-Men movies.

      • stop it, you’re scaring me! O.o

        • You’re the one who put that Brokeback image out there, that one is you buddy. As for what movie this article is referring to I was just guessing this was the one that Singer was doing, since this Jack movie is what he had been working on.

          I don’t know if there was another Camelot movie being worked on by the same studio in addition to whatever Singer was supposed to be doing, but you can’t have too many King Arthur projects can you? I mean there are only what, two on television right now.

  5. good looks like a terrible movie anyway

  6. Another delay? It should be against the law for them to do this. There is no reason to delay a movie that has already secured its release date, nor is there any reason to make a movie 3D just for more ticket sales, people really need to stop seeing every movie in 3D or they are not going to stop ruining films with this useless expensive tweaking!!!

  7. What has to be in a comment to generate the message ‘Sorry, but your comment seems to be Spam and has been blocked.’?

  8. Didn’t even know this was in the works.. can’t wait! (to tide me over this winter, The Hobbit :)