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Another classic fairy tale hits the big screen this year. Directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), Jack the Giant Slayer is the latest retelling of the fables Jack the Giant Killer and Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class, Marcus in About a Boy), Eleanor Tomlinson (Fiona in Alice in Wonderland), Stanley Tucci (Dr. Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger, Caesar in The Hunger Games), Ian McShane (Tai Lung in Kung Fu Panda, Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), John Kassir (Crypt Keeper in Tales from the Crypt, Adam in Dead Rising), and Ewan McGregor (not like anyone here doesn't know him...). The film premiers in Asia on February 27-28 and in the U.S. on March 1 in 3D and IMAX. Official Site And what's a big-budget blockbuster without a competing mockbuster from The Asylum? Jack the Giant Killer
Shortly after the release of At World's End, the last (and weakest) of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, there have been talks of a possible fourth Pirates film. So far, here are the details gathered over the past year: * The new film will be a loose adaptation of the 1988 Tim Powers novel On Stranger Tides. Since the novel involves the Fountain of Youth, there should be no problem connecting it with the trilogy, as At World's End left off with Jack Sparrow and Barbossa venturing to search for the fabled fountain. * Geoffrey Rush will be reprising his role as Barbossa. * Keira Knightley is not interested in returning in the film as Elizabeth Swann-Turner. Same with Orlando Bloom, who played Will Turner in the trilogy. * Gore Verbinski was to have returned as the film's director, but he was busy planning out the film adaptation of the game Bioshock (which has been put on hold). Rob Marshall (Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago) will take the director's chair instead. * Seeing that the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise is nothing without Jack Sparrow, Disney announced that Johnny Depp will be paid $55.5 million to reprise his role. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is currently in pre-production and is expected to be released before Disney's remake of The Lone Ranger (which also stars Depp). Hopefully, it will be much better than At World's End.