‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Movie Teams ‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan With Disney
In addition to the growing slate of live-action takes on their classic animated tales, Disney is expanding their plans for new versions of old favorites with some interesting talent. Their latest acquisition is an outline from Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan for a new take on the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale, which is certainly a surprising project coming from Gilligan.
Per Deadline, Gilligan wrote a “detailed outline” for a film called Beanstalk, described as a “revisionist take” on the classic story. The original tale centered on the titular Jack, sent to the market by his mother to sell a cow. Along the way, he trades the cow for magic beans, which sprout a beanstalk leading him to a magical land that’s home to an ornery giant.
Details about Gilligan’s take on the source material are currently unknown, but Gilligan will produce the film and has set Thomas Schauz to write the screenplay for the new Disney project. Schnauz is an Emmy award-winning writer who has written for both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
The last version of the story to appear on the big screen was Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer, a high-budgeted film that was received poorly by critics and considered somewhat of a failure commercially. Last year’s Into the Woods also featured Jack and his cow as supporting characters in the musical fairytale mash-up.
Gilligan isn’t the only interesting talent to combine forces with the studio for a new update on an beloved classic —Disney also has Ain’t Them Bodies Saints director David Lowery at work on a Pete’s Dragon remake starring Wes Bentley, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.