Christopher McQuarrie has worked with director Bryan Singer on a number of movies over the years, from The Usual Suspects (which won McQuarrie an Oscar) to the WWII movie Valkyrie. Now we're hearing word that the director/writer duo will be teaming up once more for Singer's upcoming fantasy movie, Jack the Giant Killer.
Heat Vision Blog reports the news that McQuarrie will write a new draft of Jack the Giant Killer, after previous drafts were written by the likes of Mark Bomback (Live Free of Die Hard) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). Here's the plot of Jack the Giant Killer as Heat Vision has it:
The tale is set in motion when a princess is kidnapped, threatening a long-standing peace between men and giants. A young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giants’ kingdom in hope of rescuing her.
Singer is set to begin casting soon and will shoot the movie this summer in England. The film is being produced by Neil Moritz through his company, Original Film, along with David Dobkin. The project is a partnership between New Line and Legendary Pictures.
Something worth noting is that McQuarrie is the same guy who is writing Wolverine 2, a film people many thought Singer might direct (though Singer's schedule is a bit too full right now). Singer will instead produce the X-Men prequel film X-Men: First Class (he was once attached to direct but dropped out to do Giant Killer) and with McQuarrie writing Wolverine 2, there's a chance Singer could produce that, too.
Getting back to Jack the Giant Killer, I like the idea of it because it puts a cool fantasy twist on the classic children's story "Jack and the Beanstalk". I also love The Usual Suspects so much that I look forward to any partnerships between Singer and McQuarrie, even if Valkyrie wasn't all that it could have been. There's been two drafts of Giant Killer already turned in, so McQuarrie's might not end up being the final one. However, with the duo's experience together I'm betting it will be.
Are you happy to see Singer and McQuarrie work together again? What do you think of the plot of Jack the Giant Killer?
Jack the Giant Killer is aimed to start shooting this summer with a 2011 release date being eyed.
Source: THR (Heat Vision Blog) via Back Row Chatter