Nicholas Hoult is featured in a new trailer for the latest re-imagining of a classic fairy tale. He’s out for blood in “Jack the Giant Killer,” a dark, hard-edged take on the English folktale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Hello, Hollywood trend.
The film is one of a growing number of action-adventure pictures based on age-old fairy tales. Inspired by the success of films such as “Twilight,” “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings,” but with epic sagas in apparent short supply, Hollywood is turning to the next best thing.
Fairytales are popular, widely known and have knowledgeable, built-in audiences. Even better, there are no messy copyright issues. But with the story widely known, the art–and picture’s attraction–is in the telling.
So far, that’s been a bit problematic for the studios. “Red Riding Hood,” the 2011 dark fantasy directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Amanda Seyfried was savaged by critics.
Yet, the film still managed to gross a respectable $90 million in global ticket sales, against a $42 million budget. So if a stinker can do that well, imagine what a well-made film could pull in.
The latest entry is Kristen Stewart’s “Snow White and the Huntsman,” another dark take on a classic fairy tale. “Jack the Giant Killer” has the same look and feel.
Hoult’s Jack is caught in the middle of a war after climbing the beanstalk and opening a gateway for a race of giants to descend on the earth.
It’s set during the middle ages, like Snow White, with lots of swordplay and battle scenes. Jack not only battles the giants, but also fights for the love of a Princess Isabelle.
She’s swept up to the land of the giants by the beanstalk, which compels Jack to climb to rescue her. Along the way, a common farmer, becomes a folk hero.
The Warner Brothers movie is directed by X Men’s Bryan Singer and co-stars Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Warwick Davis, Ian McShane and Bill Nighy.
The film is slated for released in June. Check out the trailer below: