Disney’s planned animated reboot of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, Gigantic, has been given – and sorry, we can’t help ourselves – the axe.
Announced with huge fanfare (not that Disney really tend to sneak new title news out under the radar) and originally planned for a late-2020 release, The Hollywood Reporter claims that artistic differences made the Gigantic project a has-bea… erm, has-been.
OK, we’ll try to stop with the crappy puns. Promise.
Set to do much the same thing to Jack’s tale as was done with Rapunzel’s in Tangled, the director of the latter – Nathan Greno – was collaborating with Inside Out writer Meg LeFauve on the Gigantic project. Frozen songwriting couple Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez were even doing their musical thing in hopes of concocting another Let It Go. Hopefully they’ll heed their own advice there in regards to this cancelled gig.
Still, Frozen 2 is coming in 2019.
Are you ready for another cookie-cutter movie executive statement? Are you sure? OK then, this one’s from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull – here goes…
“It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working. With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.”
To help cheer up anybody who may be bummed about this news, here’s a cool live take on the super-ace song Gigantic by Pixies…