Giant Killer, “The Hobbit,” “Pi” Delayed

Three major film projects currently well into pre-production have suddenly been put on hold for at least a few months longer than expected:

Jack and the Giant Killer

The Bryan Singer-directed feature has pushed back filming from later this Summer to February next year, a delay due to “concerns about the visual effects” reports Heat Vision.

Part of that is talk that Singer plans to pre-viz the entire film and use of elaborate filming technology to render the effects-heavy fantasy feature.

Aaron Johnson and Andrew Garfield have apparently had meetings for the titular Jack role, but no-one has signed as yet.

The Hobbit

Out doing press for “Splice” which he produced, director Guillermo del Toro tells Coming Soon that the “Lord of the Rings” prequel is still “not greenlit”.

Why? The MGM legal tangles are still very much to blame. del Toro says “We’ve been caught in a very tangled negotiation. There can not be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights.”

The filmmaker also confirmed that they’ve literally only spoken once about shooting the saga in 3D and it isn’t part of the plan right now. He has however been on the project for two years now and is “very, very prepared for when it is finally triggered.”

Life of Pi

Ang Lee’s 3D adaptation of Yann Martel’s beloved novel at Fox, which looked like it was coming together to shoot this Summer, has hit a financial roadblock.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the studio is unwilling to cough up the $70 million required to finance the film. Despite the rather economical amount, there’s big concerns over the film’s marketability.

The other issue of course is with much of the film set at sea, the film will be a major water shoot. Projects of that kind almost always exceed their budget estimates, quite a few by considerable amounts.