Disney's "Gigantic" will be directed by Nathan Greno. (Click to enlarge. Photo: Disney.) Disney's "Gigantic" will be directed by Nathan Greno. (Click to enlarge. Photo: Disney.)
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Disney Announces ‘Gigantic,’ Its Version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’

How do you like them seeds? Disney is rebooting Jack and the Beanstalk for 2018.

Set in Spain during the Age of Exploration and helmed by Tangled co-director Nathan Greno, Gigantic is also produced by Meet the Robinsons and Get a Horse!’s Dorothy McKim, so it’s got some credibility in the period adventure department. Which is good, because everyone has pretty much heard the classic English fairytale before.

“We want to make the definitive version of Jack And The Beanstalk,” said Greno at Disney’s D23 Expo. No cast has been announced, although Disney has secured the services of Frozen’s husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

In Disney’s version, Jack discovers a world of giants up in the clouds, and teams up with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, agreeing to help her find her way home. “It’s not what you’ve seen before,” Greno promised. “It’s not one big castle with one big giant walking around.”

The most recent full-length movie version of the Jack and the Beanstalk tale was Bryan Singer’s 2013 live-action/CGI hybrid Jack the Giant Slayer, although the story and its characters also played a role in Disney’s 2014 musical Into the Woods.

  • Hello moon man

    Sounds promising. Can’t wait!

  • Donald Duck

    “We want to make the definitive version of Jack And The Beanstalk.”

    A little confident, aren’t we? All the adaptations I’ve seen so far have been alright.

    • Crispy Walker

      Seems even more ironic that they’re quoted as saying that, and then a few lines later, it says “In Disney’s version, Jack discovers a world of giants up in the clouds, and teams up with Inma, a 60-foot-tall, 11-year-old girl, agreeing to help her find her way home. “It’s not what you’ve seen before,” Greno promised. “It’s not one big castle with one big giant walking around.”” That sounds like anything but the “definitive” version — and I don’t mean to say that sounds bad… but it sure as hell ain’t the Jack and the Beanstalk story everyone knows and doesn’t really care about.

  • aquapyro

    We have Mickey and the Beanstalk, but we really remember the Giant, after all, he was one of the few characters that stood out in House of Mouse.

  • Strong Enough

    i heard its already made a billion dollars.

  • George Comerci

    A little slow on the D23 coverage, aren’t we? Seriously, this site hasn’t posted anything about any of the other announcements Disney made.

  • George Comerci

    Well, no one heard of Big Hero 6 or The Snow Queen to begin with before Disney made those films. They were practically obsolete. With Jack and the Beanstalk, it’s the complete opposite. I doubt they’ll make the “definitive” version with this one.

    • Tim Tran

      Snow White? Cinderella? Pinocchio? Sleeping Beauty? Little Mermaid? Beauty and the Beast? Mulan? Pocahontas? Tangled/Rapunzel?

      • George Comerci

        Yeah, but I think the reason we associate those films with the original stories is because we grew up with them, our parents grew up with them, etc. Hell, I don’t think Tangled is the definitve version of Rapunzel. At least, not with some people. Jack and the Beanstalk is really well known, so they’re going to have to work really hard to make their version the definitve version.

        • Ginormous Canvas

          But this generation will grow up with these films as you said you did and your parents grew up with previous eras of films so that mean’s they probably will become the definitive version.

    • David

      Speak for yourself. Snow Queen is a well know fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, a writer whose works Disney relies on to keep their empire breathing. In fact, Frozen is a bastardized version of Snow Queen made by people who either never read the story of didn’t get it.

    • William Bradford

      I realllly don’t think Snow Queen and Frozen will be lumped together, they’re so different. And honestly I thought “Snow Queen” in it’s original story would’ve been sooooooo well suited to a Disney film: young love, talking animal friends, adventure all that.

      Though i’ll credit you nobody new about Big Hero 6 very much. Same with Gaurdians of the Galaxy: hence why they chose it

  • Jack Blackstone

    I pray it Wont.

  • Jack Blackstone

    I don’t think so with Hercules. most kids I know did not even know Disney made a Hercules movie.

    • George Comerci

      I never did, until I was older.

    • Ginormous Canvas

      Hercules did pretty well commercially and critically, making over $250 million at the box office. Not as good as many other films from the Disney Renaissance era but still pretty well. I remember it.

      • Straight Outta Toontown

        Many people who grew up in the 1990’s would associate Hercules with the Kevin Sorbo series, which I think aired around the same time as the movie.

  • Василь Керімов

    I don’t think more people care about The Snow Queen now – for God’s sake, they changed title, not only all the plot points.

  • ea

    So what happened to King of the Elves? It’d be funny if after the giant movie they did a 180° and released it.

    • Funkybat

      I think that was either outright cancelled or sent back to development hell at least a year ago. You never know, though; “The Snow Queen” was in development in the early ’00s and didn’t actually become a completed film until 2013.

  • Mister Twister

    They should remake Steamboat Willie and call it “Ship”.

  • Steven Bowser

    So Repunzel becomes “Tangled”, The Ice Queen becomes “Frozen” and Jack and the Bean Stalk becomes “Gigantic”.

    I’m not gonna lie, I don’t fault them for it. These names not only equalize the story as neither “girls only” or “boys only” (so all inclusive), but they also seem to say “This is OUR version. You don’t know what to expect. Come see what happens, you’re in for a good time.”

    Because otherwise people might go “Jack and the Beanstalk? I’ve heard that old story, and it’s not exciting to me. I already know what happens anyways. Lame.”

    • Matthew Koh

      Steven, I think this is the main reason why these films are named like that.
      https://youtu.be/n7twpEt76pI?t=29s

    • Funkybat

      Well, at least its better than the previous working title, “Giants.” given their recent success, that’s liable to get conflated with the S.F Giants baseball team when it comes to online searchability & hashtagging and such.

  • Bobby Bickert

    Actually, Disney made Laugh-O-Grams of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Jack the Giant Killer”. (Though both of them were “lost” for many years.) There also was the B & W Mickey Mouse “Giantland”, and of course “Mickey and the Beanstalk”.

  • ogglar

    Uhm I think Disney may give second toughts to rebranding the beanstalk story.. I mean if they wan’t to make a franchise to include games.. there’s already a game in development with that name. http://www.gogigantic.com

  • Fried

    They also didn’t have as much competition back then, fast-releasing DVDs and streaming services weren’t a thing, and there weren’t as many fairytale adaptations happening then as there are now. Haven’t we already had two Beanstalk movies come out in the past five years? Same with Snow White.

    Even Puss in Boots had a plot point about them going up the Beanstalk to get the golden egg treasure, even if the Giants were already dead at that point.

  • Steven Bowser

    I think while it does seem silly, I can’t really blame them for doing it. It’s all about branding the film and trying to market it to people. The world is a lot different today than it was when “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast” came out. Nowadays, it’s all about grabbing people’s short attention spans, utilizing Social networking like Twitter, and dealing with cynical moviegoers. So picking a short and memorable name that is easily shared on social media and sound more interesting than “Jack and the Beanstalk” (sounds like a boring old story we’ve heard a thousand times) sounds like a forgivable idea to me.

    I’ll still probably make fun of it, but I can see why they did it.

  • wsqws

    they should use the original name…………..

    why don’t they do something new ?