Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan takes on Disney’s Jack and the Beanstalk

His revisionist take on the classic fairytale will break the beanstalk mould


Beanstalk there, done that: that’s what many film fans will be thinking this morning upon news of yet another Jack and the Beanstalk movie.


However, don’t crack out the axe just yet because Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan is behind the project.

Deadline reports that the man who gave us Walter White is teaming up with Disney to develop Beanstalk, a revisionist tale about the boy, the magic beans and the giant in the clouds. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul writer Thomas Schnauz is tipped to be on board too.

The role Gilligan will play has yet to be confirmed but there are indications that he’s considering directing. If he does helm the film, it’ll be the first time he’s stepped behind the camera for a big screen production.

Breaking Beanstalk hasn’t proven easy for directors recently, though: X-Men director Bryan Singer tackled the tale – with Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor and Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson – in Jack The Giant Slayer but it failed to make a memorable impact.

If Beanstalk is live action, it’ll be the latest addition to Disney’s upcoming raft of revised classics: Beauty and the Beast, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh and Pinocchio are all in line for live-action treatment. 

But of course what we really want to know is: will Aaron Paul be involved in this giant tale? Jesse and the Beanstalk certainly has a nice ring to it…

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