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Disney is trying to make a good version of Jack and the Beanstalk

Disney is trying to make a good version of Jack and the Beanstalk

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Disney has announced at its D23 convention that it is currently in production on a new animated version of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale called Gigantic. Pixar and Disney Animation's John Lasseter made the announcement during a presentation covering the studio's upcoming slate of animated films.

The film is being directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled) and produced by Dorothy McKim (Disney's recent short Get a Horse). This isn't a straightforward adaptation, however: as Greno explained, this new version is set in Spain, and after Jack climbs the beanstalk he runs into an 11-year-old girl giant. The two end up teaming up to stop the "Storm Giants" — a group of menacing bad guys that are trying to wreak havoc upon everyone. The songwriting team behind Frozen will be tackling some of the songs in the movie.

Greno said that he hoped Disney's version of Jack and the Beanstalk would become the canonical version of the fairy tale — which in all honestly, shouldn't be that hard. Jack and the Beanstalk has always come off pretty poorly on the big screen, whether in Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer (pictured above) or the momentum-kiilling beanstalk portion of the recent Into the Woods adaptation.