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Fe Fi Fo Fum... DJ Caruso smells the blood of an Englishman!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm of the opinion that DJ Caruso is a great shooter. He knows how to put a flick together and pull great performances out of his cast. Sometimes the scripts he directs aren't... completely there, but when the material is right he gives us movies like SALTON SEA and the incredibly fun, but underseen BLACK CAT RUN (scripted by Frank Darabont). Looks like his next project post-EAGLE EYE will be JACK THE GIANT KILLER, according to this story on Variety, which I would assume means Y: THE LAST MAN isn't quite ready yet. Darren Lemke wrote the script and it seems to be a adult look at the fairy tale, which is already fucking creepy by itself. What's interesting is that it doesn't look like they're trying to modernize it. It still appears to be set in a land of princesses and brave young farmers ready to rescue said princesses from big bad giants. Could be a fun flick. Be interesting to see how the cast fills out. Who wants him to bring Michael Chiklis over from EAGLE EYE and their collaboration on THE SHIELD to play a giant (or at least a booming voice)? Maybe I'm alone there...

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  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Beanstalk (1994)

    by The Amazing G

    will always be my favorite version of Jack and The Beanstalk

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    i'm putting all my money on....

    by thinboyslim.

    The Beef being cast as Jack, he could even wear the same outfit from indy4.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:17 a.m. CST

    Bill Nighy as a giant

    by Horace Cox

    I'd love to see it. It would be crazy.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Is this Bill Willingham's 'Jack'?

    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Jack of Fables? Now that would be awesome movie material...check out the stories even if it isn''s the shit.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:55 a.m. CST

    Jack and the Giant....

    by rguerr2

    Michael Chiklis as the giant ??!! I'm with you on that.......

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Utterly redundant I know...

    by Praetor

    But there is a part in here for Keira Knightley I feel.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    More giant monsters on screen is no bad thing.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Maybe he is Jack

    by NYC Strong

    Maybe Caruso is Jack expelled from the home lands and he is making this movie so Jack will become more popular with the Mundes therefore making himself more powerful.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 6:48 a.m. CST

    If it's a remake

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Of the 60's movie then they'll be no beanstalk in site but plenty of monsters.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 6:52 a.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird

    At first I mis-read the title and thought it said David Caruso, not DJ Caruso, and I was worried Mr. Jade was going to be a giant on top of a beanstalk. (Which could still happen, I guess.)<p>On a completely unrelated note, seeing that Paul Blart: Mall Cop ad taking the place of my Busted Tees shirts girls makes me think: Is this movie the new "Who's Harry Crumb?" Discuss.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Tried watching EAGLE EYE the other night...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...but got interrupted about half an hour or so from the end...and just didn't care enough to finish it.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    ...but this sounds interesting.

    by FlickaPoo

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:35 a.m. CST

    The 1962 version is the one

    by palimpsest

    Jerky stop-motion animation and all!

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:38 a.m. CST

    shia as the beanstalk

    by ironic_name

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:40 a.m. CST

    ...and it smells

    by Abominable Snowcone

    like poop

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    The first film I EVER saw in a theater . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . was this creepy Japanese animated version of Jack & The Beanstalk. The Giant was going to marry a human girl, who Jack had to save. The Giant's wicked mother was cutting out paper people to attend his wedding. It creeped me out big time. Jack had a dog w/ him. Anybody else see this or did I dream it?

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot...I NEED to see this animated thing...

    by FlickaPoo're talking about.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Jack And The Beanstalk 1974 The Tubes seem to...

    by FlickaPoo calling it. Not as creepy as I was hoping for I must say. It's like Japanese animators trying to ape a Disney look...and failing miserably in vague but very important ways. I wonder if it's creepy to Japanese people when American animation tries to look all anime now...

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I guess I'll have to check out Salton Sea

    by Samuel Fulmer

    and Black Cat Run, because Caruso's other films that I have seen have been terrible (Taking Lives and the poorly done Rear Window remake).

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Yao Ming as the Giant

    by Samuel Fulmer

    and Mickey Mouse as Jack.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    I think I'm the only one on the planet ...

    by DrAstroZoom

    ... who really, really, REALLY liked EAGLE EYE, so I can't wait to see this.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Surprised we never got a live action version of this story

    by terry1978

    I was waiting for someone to actually do it.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Nobody Wants Chiklis

    by cowboyone

    He's a hack

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    I thought Eagle Eye was really fun

    by two fathoms deep

    Chiklis as the Giant would be awesome. You know it to be true.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Eagle Eye WAAAAY better then led to believe

    by Stormwatcher

    I guess going in, knowing the twist, I was prepared but what I wasn't ready for was just how great he can film Action sequences. The car chases were perfect. I really enjoyed that movie and I love the Salton Sea, saw it with my wife in theatres and rewatched it a few months ago and it still looks great on a Upconverted Blu Ray player. Truly sharp movie. Too bad his other output kinda blew, haven't seen the Run Dark Cat whatever but will check it out. Seriously though, if you can give Transformers and WANTED (holy piece of crap) Eagle Eye is so far ahead of those flicks.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Everybody Wants Chiklis

    by Stormwatcher

    Cuz he frakkin owns man. Watch the Shield, or don't whatever, he's great. Guess he's not pretty enough for you.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Eagle Eye would have been much better with Chiklis in the Thornt

    by ev1ldead

    a good script wouldn't have hurt either.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    ...with Chiklis in the Thornton role

    by ev1ldead

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Um, as in HarryHausen Jack the Giant Killer

    by Damonster

    This doesn't sound like Jack and the Bean Stalk. This sounds like that film from the guy that brought us Sinbad/7 Voyages/CofT. The giants in this film were not the scariest thing, it was the demon sorcerer and his conjurations at his castle that were the scariest. Maybe I'm completely off on this one, but I distinctly remember this film.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Nice Marmot, I remeber it well

    by Mundungus

    The giant was named tulip and he had all the brains that name implies. The witch was creepy.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 11:29 a.m. CST

    remember, with 2 m's

    by Mundungus

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Bit disappointed by EAGLE EYE, but...


    ... it was alright and I think DJ Caruso is someone who is going to make some very interesting films over the next decade. <p> Less of the beef, though, DJ.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Well at least I'm not crazy.

    by Nice Marmot

    It was my first experience w/ Japanese animation as well as my first trip to a theater. As a wee lad, it gave me the creeps.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Please no more vehicles for Shia

    by Han Cholo

    You just know Caruso's gonna cast him in this. I'm just throwing out the word that we don't want him headlining movies. Remember, we the talkbackers at AICN make shit happen or in this case not happen. Discuss...

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Brian Blessed as The Giant?


    Could work, maybe?

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I want Roald Dahl's Jack

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    The one the giants in the BFG were all shit scared of.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 3:02 p.m. CST

    If Chicklis is in it, i'll pay to see it.

    by jbristow

    I did it for Eagle Eye, I can do it for this.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    They should totally redo the Gilligan's Island.....

    by Jak0lantern01

    version. Gilligan being chased by a giant Skipper? LOL!

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 4:26 p.m. CST

    So we can pencil in Shia for Jack?

    by MrClark

    I mean its a given right?

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Eagle Eye was ok

    by Charlie_Allnut

    but not great. Needed a villain other then a super computer. Disturbia was also just ok...great suspense but the script wasn't all there.

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    To be quite frank...

    by xcornealiousx

    I want Michael Chiklis to have a role in any movie and every movie. (Yeah I'm an obsessive fan of The with it.)

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Keira Knightley as the beanstalk!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 8:58 p.m. CST

    This has SHIA written all over it

    by tonyd1411

    just sayin

  • Jan. 7, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    What, no love for "Beanstalk Bunny"?

    by Darkman

    "His name is Jack. Jack Rabbit!" <br><br> "You are Jack and you know this because it is a fact." <br><br> "I guess I'll have to open with a pair of Jacks."

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Verne Troyer for the Gaint

    by ThePilgrim

    Cause Supersize Midgets Kick Ass. Fuck RockNStoneMan from Fantastic 4. Fuck that fucking fuck. Too predictable he can go clober a johnson! MiniBigMe would kick ass! Steve Buscemi for Jack.

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    EAGLE EYE wasn't bad. I really liked...

    by Orbots Commander

    ...the Hitchcock tip of the hat in the climactic final orchestra scene. It almost felt like the whole movie was only the buildup to that scene. The story and screenplay built on the sci-fi reveal premise was a bridge too far and the movie lost me. The long car chase was pretty good though. It obviously aped the Paul Greengrass Bourne flicks, but Caruso managed to get the geography in the action scenes down and was coherent throughout, unlike some other action directors (I'm looking at YOU Michael Bay).

  • Jan. 8, 2009, 3:55 p.m. CST

    by bluetunehead

    hmm <br> <br> <br> this sounds kinda lame