Jack The Giant Killer

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Bryan Singer‘s new film Jack the Giant Killer comes out on March 1st, which is just a few weeks away. But come on! It’s his next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, that we all really want to talk about. And yes, while out peddling Jack, Singer is indeed talking X-Men, at least in the broad strokes.

In an interview with Cinema Blend, Singer talked about some of the themes he’ll be playing with in the film, and why he is going to stay tight-lipped about some of the stuff you’ll be seeing in the upcoming superhero sequel. But first, a couple of technical notes: “I’ll probably use some of the motion-capture technology for certain things [in Days of Future Past],” he said adding, “And of course the 3D technology. I’ll be shooting native stereo on X-Men.”

Now for the real guts of the thing: Are we going to see Sentinels? Nimrod? Rachel Summers? Franklin Richards? References to other dead Marvel heroes in the apocalyptic future thus suggesting a more closely related Marvel Cinematic Universe across studio rights’ issues? (That last one may be overly hopeful.)

There’s things that we’re going to do in this movie that haven’t been done in X-Men films before. Stuff involving [time travel], and stuff involving certain technology, and certain science fiction aspects that haven’t been used before in an X-Men film. We’d like to keep some of that a surprise.

Damn you, Singer. You, and J.J. Abrams, and your “surprises.”

This movie will also deal with destiny, the choices we made, the people we were– how the people we were when we were young affects the world we have to live in in the future, and what if we could go back and change that.

Interesting. The original comic book story, which was told in Uncanny X-Men #141, follows a Kitty Pryde from a futuristic hellscape where mutants are hunted to near-extinction as she comes back in time to change the future Sarah Connor style. No one knows if this is indeed the exact direction Singer’s looking at, but Ellen Page has already been confirmed as one of the former X-actors returning to the franchise. She played Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand. I say that assuming you repressed any memory of Last Stand.

More news as it develops.

Jack the Giant Killer is essentially the darker, more adult version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The first trailer of this Bryan Singer flick was released by Warner Bros. today, and it’ll also be shown along with the second Sherlock Holmes movie.

The movie stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. It opens on June 15, 2012.

Here is the official plot synopsis:

“Jack the Giant Killer” tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittinglyopens 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.

Hit the jump for the trailer.

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Bryan Singer opted out of directing a reboot to 1981’s Excalibur, and is instead going to be working a Battlestar Galactica film. Now Deadline has reported that Universal Pictures has hired screen writer John Orloff to write the Singer directed picture, a reported sequel to the 1978 television series (NOT the updated one). Once Bryan to finishes 2012’s Jack The Giant Killer they can get started on filming intergalactic space battles between murderous robots and the last of the human race.

Orloff received an Emmy nomination for the HBO war series Band of Brothers and his latest picture, the Shakespearean mystery Anonymous, about the mystery of who actually wrote the plays under the name of William Shakespeare looks to be quite the nail bitter.

While Orloff seems an adequate enough writer, I am NOT sold on the idea of a BSG film, especially from Singer. BSG (2003) was one of the very, very few remakes that improved on the original and this douche canoe, whom has destroyed the Superman franchise, is going in for Sci-Fi sloppy seconds (technically sloppy thirds)?! Why would anyone hire this man to do another franchise reboot?

Via: Coming Soon

John Boorman‘s 1981 Excalibur has always been a classic to me. Hell, just watching Patrick Stewart pre-Star Trek is well worth sitting through the movie. So, when news of director Bryan Singer developing a remake broke, you can bet that there were a few people (including myself) prepping their swords in revolt. Thankfully, the project is now dead. Singer however, will now being diving headlong into directing a Battlestar Galactica remake.

With filming finished with Bryan’s current project, Jack The Giant Killer, the director’s project will focus on the 12 colonies and the battle for survival against the Cylons. Here’s what Bryan had to say on Excalibur and the development of BSG:

“Yeah, unfortunately it is no longer going to happen. I was really enthused to do it. I’m a fan of John Boorman’s movie and it was my intention to get it going after Jack The Giant Killer was completed. The project was with Warner Bros and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of Excalibur ended up being negated. But, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing Battlestar Galactica – which I think will be really exciting.”

As for whether the movie will be based on the original 1978 series or Bryan’s planned “sequel” from 2001 remains to be seen, but whatever happens they need to bring back Edward James Olmos as William Adama (SO SAY WE ALL!). If you can’t wait for Singer to get started, then just watch the show on DVD, you should have everything finished by the time he starts production.

Via: Geek Tyrant