Jack Black Packs His Bags For 'Gulliver's Travels'

Jack BlackYou can rest easy tonight, because the next Jack Black comedy is now set in stone. According to Variety, Black is set to star in "Gulliver's Travels," a contemporary take on the classic Jonathan Swift story. It will be directed by Nicholas Stoller, the director behind "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," and penned by "Shrek" writer Joe Stillman.

Black will play Lemuel Gulliver, a free-spirited travel writer, who is on assignment to the Bermuda Triangle (who the heck did he annoy for that job?) when he is suddenly washed ashore on the hidden island of Lilliput. It's a friendly island, filled with happy and industrious people -- but they are all miniature, making Black a giant among them.

In the original story, the Lilliputians weren't particularly nice, and tried to blind Gulliver when he wouldn't help them defeat their hated neighbors, the Blefuscu. Typical of Swift, the entire adventure was a vicious satire on his home country of England, and its perpetual wars with France.

Somehow, I doubt a contemporary angle will have that kind of edge. Judging from the collected talent, it will probably be a lot of gross-out humor (come on, lots of things are gross when you're giant and your hosts are tint), and crazy situations.

Do you want to see Black visit Lilliput? Or is the story just too silly to be enjoyable no matter who's in it?