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Does killing giants for D.J. mean no Last Man?

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Variety breaks the word that D.J. Caruso, director of The Salton Sea, Disturbia and Eagle Eye, has been hired by New Line Cinema to helm a fantasy movie titled Jack the Giant Killer. The mag says that the story will take "an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend," centering on a young farmer named Jack who is called upon to rescue a princess kidnapped by a giant.

Although the magazines doesn't mention it, there exists the possibility that this is a remake of a 1962 movie of the same name. The storyline for that earlier Jack the Giant Killer, a nearly forgotten cult classic, also involves a farmer named Jack that has to rescue a princess from a giant. While the original fairy tale has Jack and the surly giant in it there's no princess -- that increases our suspiscion that this is a remake of the '60s film.

Caruso has been attached to helm an adaptation of Y: The Last Man, the Vertigo comic book series about a plague that eliminates every male mammal on the planet save for one 20-ish man and his pet monkey. That project is also set up at New Line and this latest news may mean that the Y movie is on hold for the short term.

Neal Moritz (I Am Legend) and David Dobkin (Fred Claus) will produce the movie for New Line. The original screenplay is by Darren Lemke (Lost) with a rewrite recently done by Mark Bomback (Race to Witch Mountain).

-Variety.
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wasnt New Line Cinema absorbed by Warner Brothers and deceased? i thought it was defunct.