Hollywood loves its remakes, and fairy tales are the easiest money of all. What child or adult in America isn't familiar with the story of Jack and the beanstalk, even if they're not clear on the specifics? Then again, the specifics can be largely invented based on whatever tired parent is telling the story to his kid: there are some beans, a beanstalk, some giants and a guy named Jack who fights them or tries to, at least.
In this regard, "Jack the Giant Killer" looks wholly familiar. The trailer opens with Nicholas Hoult as the titular Jack, palming a fistful of magic beans while a serious man tells him to be careful. Well, you know how it goes: the beans fall in some soil and water, then shoot up up thousands of feet into the sky, carrying Jack's house and the princess of the realm with it.
To get her back, Jack must climb into the air and navigate the world of the giants without getting squashed. A war breaks out, of course, and a bunch of flaming trees get tossed through the air (danger!). How the giants lived in the clouds defies all conventional rules of aerodynamics, but hey, it's a movie about cloud giants. We'll let it go.
"Giant Killer," directed by Bryan Singer, also stars Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Ewan McGregor and Bill Nighy. It'll come out next June, so you know where this is going: "Avengers" crossover. Yep, it'll end with Thor landing in the clouds, swinging his big hammer and swearing, "I say thee nay!" to a bunch of confused giants. CAN'T WAIT!
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