Production on Jack the Giant Killer Delayed Until Early 2011
By now we already know that Matthew Vaughn stepped up to direct Fox's X-Men: First Class after Bryan Singer had to leave the director's chair to work on Jack the Giant Killer, a project that was already deep in pre-production and would conflict directly with Fox's timetable for X-Men. However, it looks like Jack the Giant Killer might not make it off the ground as soon as previously expected as Heat Vision reports that the project's start date has been pushed back to February 2011 rather than this summer. However, this isn't all that surprising since we haven't heard any casting announcements or other news for quite a while.
However, Singer is definitely searching hard for the right man to play Jack, the hero of the film who leads a dangerous expedition to the kingdom of giants to try to rescue a princess. The director has met with young actors like Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Nowhere Boy) and Andrew Garfield (Red Riding, Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) who we also just found out is on the shortlist to potentially become the new Spider-Man. Of course, the casting process is still in its infancy and no one has been cast, let alone offered any roles yet.
As far as the delay goes, apparently one reasons for delaying was to allow more time to figure out the visual effects. Singer wants to pre-visualize the entire movie from start to finish and also use a process that will allow him to shoot scenes so that he can see effects, like the giants, on the monitors as if they were there on set with the actors. Hopefully it doesn't take too much longer to sort out, or Singer's departure from X-Men: First Class may have been all for naught. Stay tuned as we wait for more updates on Jack the Giant Killer.