D.J. Caruso Next Directing Jack the Giant Killer
by Alex Billington
January 6, 2009
Remember that classic Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale? Now take that story, make it more "adult," and let Hollywood add some exposition -- that's what Jack the Giant Killer is. As described: "When a princess is kidnapped, a long-standing peace between men and giants becomes threatened, and a young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her." Really? This is actually becoming a movie? New Line has hired D.J. Caruso, of Disturbia and Eagle Eye most recently, to direct. The script was written by Mark Bomback, of Deception and the upcoming Race to Witch Mountain.
All this time we were crossing our fingers and hoping that Caruso would be directing Y: The Last Man next. Variety doesn't say whether Jack the Giant Killer is actually his next project or something "in the works" for the future, but I'm guessing this means that Y: The Last Man is not going to be next. We reported a week ago that the comic book adaptation was struggling with its script. While it just seemed like Caruso needed to take a break and find the energy again to finish it, I'm worried Y: The Last Man has been put on the backburner in exchange for Jack the Giant Killer. What do you think about this wacky concept?