If you're like me then you've been slightly disappointed with most of Disney's recent film announcements due to them mostly being live action remakes of previous films. However, at D23, Disney announced a new upcoming film that caught my attention: Gigantic. The Upcoming FIlms panel revealed it with some already created images showing the classic beanstalk, Jack and the world of giant along with the tagline "How far would you go for your dream? How high would you climb?".
The film takes place in a Jack and the Beanstalk inspired world, but isn't simply an adaptation of the classic story as was revealed by Nathan Greno:
"It's not what you've seen before, the one big giant. This is a world of giants."
Obviously, this is a departure from the original tale of the single giant that Jack comes across, but it makes sense to go bigger. After all, the original story is incredibly short and in order to make a feature film out of it it needs some tweaks. Another one of those tweaks is that the film will be set in Spain in order to reflect the "age of discovery" as it's a time where the Spaniards are discovering the world.
Another interesting detail that was dropped during the announcement was regarding the first giant Jack meets:
"The first one he meets is an 11 year-old girl named Ima. She's 60 feet tall, and very fiery... When Ima meets Jack, she thinks he's a toy! The possibilities for comedy are endless."
So it looks like they're going to form one of those unlikely friendships that we do admittedly see a lot of, but which Disney are, let's face it, one of the masters of the art. Ima also sounds like an interesting character and I'm willing to put money on her name being one of those "possibilities for comedy". As well as Ima, we also got a sneak peek at some of the more villainous people; the Storm Giants who are "wreaking havoc around the world of giants". More than that we don't know, but it seems that Jack and Ima will have to band together in order to stop them.
"Their world will change forever, and it's such a great, unique friendship. It has deep, deep, emotion. I think when you read an old Jack and the Beanstalk story, you don't think it's a big tearjerker, but we want that. We think the stories that last forever are the ones that hit your emotions."
Now, I'll be very impressed if the film really does make me cry, but I am liking the idea of exploration and adventure that they're trying to convey, and an added bonus is that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who put the score to Frozen) are working on this film.
But what do you think of 'Gigantic'? Are you excited, or would you rather Disney do something else? Either way, I've started up a new YouTube channel recently: 60 Second Rants and your support would be appreciated. But anyway, stay awesome guys, and enjoy your lives.