- Cast: Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Nicholas Hoult, Warwick Davis, Ian McShane, Ewen Bremner, Eddie Marsan, John Kassir, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ben Daniels, Ralph Brownn, Daniel Lapaine, Lee Boardman, Angus Barnett, David Frost, Russell Balogh, Caroline Hayes, Jimmy Pethrus, Danny Stewart, Duncan JC Mais, Simon Lowe, Santi Scinelli, Simon Steggall, Philip Harvey, Charles Harris, Jason Beeston, Stephen Brocklehurst, Nathanjohn Carter
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Writers: Mark Bomback, Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, Dan Studney
- Producers: David Dobkin, Patrick McCormick, Neal H. Moritz
- Associate Producer: John Ottman
- Executive Producers: Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni, Ori Marmur, John Rickard, Thomas Tull
- Art Directions: Mark Harris, Phil Harvey, Peter Russell, Gary Tomkins
- Castings: Roger Mussenden, Jeremy Rich
- Costume Design: Joanna Johnston
- D.O.P.: Newton Thomas Sigel
- Editors: John Ottman, Bob Ducsay
- Makeups: Tegan Taylor, Sarah Monzani
- Music: John Ottman
- Production Design: Gavin Bocquet
- Set Decoration: Richard Roberts
An ancient war 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.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Somerset, UK; Surrey, UK
- MPAA Warning: Intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
- Production Companies: Legendary Pictures, New Line Cinema, Original Film Production Schedule
- Production Schedule: 14 March 2011 - July 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: "Following "The Usual Suspects" and "Valkyrie," director Bryan Singer and scribe Chris McQuarrie have teamed for a third time on this big-budget action-fantasy based on a fairy tale - in this case classic British folk story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. A combination of live-action and motion-capture elements, the story follows a young farmhand (Nicholas Hoult) who unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants bent on reclaiming the Earth they once lost - forcing the farmhand into the battle of his life to stop them.
Unfortunately, this particular adaptation has become well-known for something not so flattering - delays. Originally developed for D.J. Caruso to direct back in 2009, Singer and McQuarrie came onboard and completely re-tooled the project which pushed back production by about a year. Things eventually got under way Spring 2011 with the project aiming for a mid-Summer bow in June 2012.
Then in January 2012 the studio flinched. The first trailer went online to a fairly tepid response - what was shown wasn't bad, but wasn't particularly exciting either. From the very obvious and unfinished computer effects to some unusual design elements, it came off as mid-range performer that would get crushed under the deluge of more formidable tentpoles. Subsequent trailers haven't done much to dissuade that impression.
With the similar "Snow White and the Huntsman" releasing the week before, the sci-fi epic "Prometheus" the week after, and both those films releasing first trailers around the same time that had far more enthusiastic responses - the move came as no real shock. "The Dark Knight Rises" revenue would satiate the Warners stockholders for the season, and releasing the film at a quieter and less challenging date made more sense.
A nine month delay though was enough to raise eyebrows and made people wonder if something else was going on. There has been talk of weak test screening results and wild budget overruns, and there is no doubt concern about getting the marketing right after the high profile failure of Disney's "John Carter" last year. These days, big fantasy epics built around mostly unknown talent are anything but safe. The extra time certainly means Singer has had plenty of time to tweak the effects and the 3D, the question is if the script is strong enough to make the journey worthwhile."