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Link to our thread on the They Might Be Giants documentary Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns (2002), with which this film is not to be confused.

Links to our threads on Jack the Giant Slayer (2013), Into the Woods (2014) and Beanstalk (in development).

Links to our threads on the similarly adjective-titled Disney-Pixar films Tangled (formerly Rapunzel Unbraided, 2010), Brave (formerly The Bear and the Bow, 2012) and Frozen (formerly The Snow Queen, 2013).

Links to our threads on other upcoming Disney animated films Zootopia (2016), Moana (2016), Frozen 2 (in development) and Wreck-It Ralph 2 (in development).

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D23: Disney Unveils Jack & The Beanstalk Movie ‘Gigantic’
Disney said today at the D23 fan expo in Anaheim that its toon studio’s next project will be Gigantic, a Spain-set take on the Jack And The Beanstalk story. Nathan Greno, who co-directed 2010’s Tangled, will helm the Disney Animation film with Dorothy McKim (Meet The Robinsons) producing. The film will hit theaters in 2018.
“We want to make the definitive version of Jack And The Beanstalk,” Greno said onstage at D23. The director said adventure-seeking Jack goes up said really tall plant and meets and teams with an 11-year-old girl giant named Inma. Jack agrees to help the 60-footer find her way home. But he doesn’t account for her super-sized personality — and who knew giants were so down to earth?
And it’s not just one Big Person at the top of the beanstalk but an entire world of giants from lots of different cultures, he said. The bad guys are the Storm Giants.
Original music will be written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, the Oscar-winning duo behind the tunes in the 2013 blockbuster Frozen. (You know those songs, parents.) No cast for the project was announced.
Deadline.com, August 14

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‘Inside Out’ Writer Meg LeFauve Promoted To Director on Disney’s ‘Gigantic’
Meg LeFauve, screenwriter of Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, will co-direct Gigantic alongside Nathan Greno (Tangled). The Disney animated feature is currently scheduled for release on November 18, 2018.
When the project was officially announced last year, Greno described it as “the definitive version of Jack And The Beanstalk,” while promising that “It’s not what you’ve seen before. It’s not one big castle with one big giant walking around.” In this new version, Jack discovers a world of giants in the clouds and teams up with a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl to find his way back home. . . .
The hiring of LeFauve represents a new trend at Walt Disney Animation Studios in which screenwriters ascend into the director’s chair. Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay for Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, was promoted to director during the production of the latter film. A similar situation appears to have occurred here with LeFauve, who was working on Gigantic’s story before her promotion.
The trend represents a significant departure from Disney tradition, where directors have nearly all been visual artists who started in either animation or story. The strategy worked well on Frozen, which ended up as the highest-grossing animated feature of all-time. . . .
Cartoon Brew, October 4

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Disney announced this week that the film's release date has been bumped two years, to November 25, 2020. I wonder if that's related at all to the recent (i.e. six months old) decision to promote one of the writers to the co-director's chair.

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