‘Jack the Giant Killer’ Trailer: Action-Packed Twist On an Old Fairy Tale

Published 3 years ago by , Updated October 23rd, 2012 at 8:27 am,

jack giant killer trailer Jack the Giant Killer Trailer: Action Packed Twist On an Old Fairy Tale

Three titles due out in 2012 offer big-budgeted, action-driven re-interpretations (or spin-offs) of classic fairy tales: Paramount Pictures’ Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, and Warner Bros.’ Jack the Giant Killer – which reunites screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie and director Bryan Singer for a third time (following The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie).

An official teaser trailer has been released for Jack the Giant Killer; as is to be expected, the film looks to have re-imagined the relatively simple tale of a young farmer, some magic beans, and a dangerous giant, into a grand-scale, swords & steel fantasy epic.

Here is an official plot synopsis for the flick:

JACK THE GIANT KILLER tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Now check out the Jack the Giant Killer teaser trailer below:

Overall, this Jack the Giant Killer promo is a pretty decent tease. It effectively alludes to the classic fairy tale while also clarifying how this new version will differ; offers a brief-but-sufficient look at the film’s bright-eyed (and over his head) hero (as played by X-Men: First Class‘ Nicholas Hoult); and wisely holds off on revealing the CGI giants in full just yet… though, that might partially be because the effects shots simply have yet to be completed.

This trailer also only offers a very brief glance at some of the film’s noteworthy supporting cast, which includes people like Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Stanley Tucci (Captain America), Ewan McGregor (the Star Wars prequel trilogy), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), and Bill Nighy (Underworld) – in fact, a couple of those actors don’t even show up at all in this early Jack the Giant Killer footage.

On that note – have a look at the film’s official poster below:

jack giant killer poster Jack the Giant Killer Trailer: Action Packed Twist On an Old Fairy Tale

Singer is a solid filmmaker who looks to have fashioned Jack the Giant Killer as a swashbuckling adventure romp that’s more action-packed and set piece-heavy than his previous blockbuster productions (see: the first two X-Men movies and Superman Returns). Expect Singer’s fairy tale flick to be both less cerebral and atmospheric than his previous comic book projects.

There’s (arguably) some reason to be concerned about the quality of the Jack the Giant Killer screenplay, which features contributions from McQuarrie, Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard), David Dobkin (Arthur & Lancelot), Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After), and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical). However, most of these writers read as being decent fits for the film, so hopefully this won’t prove to be an example of creative input overload.

Jack the Giant Killer hits 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on June 15th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. that looks cool – im on board

  2. Are they really letting this man ruin another great story, first X-Men then Super Man now Jack and the Bean Stalk…SMH!!!

    • I think you have the X-Men movies Singer was involved with confused with other movies that sucked. Cause his X films didn’t.

    • It was Singer who made X-Men awesome in live-action. The three he worked on are the only three good ones.

      • Whoa. Objection! Opinionated!

        Seriously though I haven cared for a single X-Men film. Its been Wolverine’s origin tale since X1. Plus I really didnt care for the story or style. Nightcrawler’s opening scene was cool tho.

    • I agree wien completely

  3. Looks Pretty Good…So yeah i’ll go see it.

  4. Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack the Giant Killer are two different stories and two different Jacks. But it looks cool. I’ll probably see it.

    • As I understand it, this new Jack the Giant Killer takes the… well, giant-killing angle of its predecessor, but is meant to be more of a direct re-imagining of the Beanstalk story. If that makes sense. :-P

  5. In the same vein as Snow White and the Huntsman or the Hanzel and Gretel movies.

    • yep. Take fairytale…..apply “dark & gritty”….mix thoroughly and that’s what the movie studios are releasing. Pretty son they will run out of things to mix with the dark & gritty theme and have to come up with some completely original ideas.

      • Most fairy tales were dark&gritty to begin with. Its better than the era of Friendly&Colorful.

        • dark yes, but this new crop is most certainly has nothing in common with even their original counterparts.

      • Exactly, originality is needed, until that happens let’s hope they make the classics with class and quality. Purposely did not read the article attached to the trailer, and was pleasantly surprised that my comment matched screenrants’ analysis for once! Happy Holidays Ranters!

  6. I always like this story, finally get to see it on film

  7. Meh, I’m not giving Singer one penny out of my pocket, aside from X2 which had half way decent qualities about it He makes movies for the simple minded audiences.

    • Well being part of that simple minded group, i appreciate his effort.

      • As do I. You know, when I’m not writing my ABC’s in crayon, watching reruns of Two and a Half Men or doing other simple minded things.

    • Valkyrie was for the simple minded? The Usual Suspects? Apt Pupil? Eh?

    • Thank you for not insulting us simple-minded people. :-(

      • At first I thought it was an insult, then I thought it was a compliment, but now, I’m just unsure. Darn my simple mind. I’m surprised that I’m even able to start-up the computer and use the internet to comment on this.

        • hahahaha. Personally I have become less a fan of Singer work over the years. As with bearded men in white coats I am suspicous of anything Singer related.

    • I’d argue that you need to look at his IMDB page.

  8. Ewan!

    • Seems worth a look.

  9. I know it’s probably already been said to death, but from reboots to remakes to re-imaginings and re-interpretations, doesn’t Hollywood make anything original any more?

    • Better yet why do people keep paying for it? I mean if people wont watch they wont get made…

      HOWEVER guess what… a movie made 10 years ago remade is brand new to my 13 year old son. And in his eyes probably a better made movie with effects, filming etc…

      ALSO Hwood is a business while they have money they dont want to make a bad investment. So the thought it if it worked once it is bound to work again.

      • Sure but who takes those kids to see the movies when the (usually) perfectly good (and often times better) originals exist on DVD/Blu-Ray?

  10. “Singer is a solid film maker…….”
    whoa whoa, Remember Singerman Returns?

    • Not saying Superman Returns was bad, but solid film-makers sometimes make bad films.

      • The Usual Suspects is one of my favorite movies, but I really don’t like Singer’s comic/sci-fi work much. He juggled characters well in his other movies, but the addition of the special effects and over-the-top action seems to throw him off.

  11. Bryan Singer? No thanks.

  12. Looks decent enough. I’ll go for Ian McShane.

  13. The supporting cast alone makes me interested in seeing this. The shot with the running giant at the end reminded me of Trollhunter.

    • hahahaaha I was thinking the same thing. Little disappointed in that ending (troll).

      It does look different and Im looking forward to seeing this I think…. :D

    • Are you talking about the Norwegian flick?

  14. I’m in. Looks promising.

  15. Looks good to me. I didn’t know Beast, from X-Men: FC, was in this. Kahless and I will be there.

    Only because we share the same body, petaQ! :-)

  16. I don’t know why they use electronic music when the setting for the movie is medieval.. Apart from that, it looks very promising.

  17. Doesn’t anyone else realize what this means?!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Horner_(comics)

  18. the title is wrong it is jack the giant slayer. jack the giant kills ia a low budget film. http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/jack-the-giant-slayer/