Disney cancels 'Gigantic,' animated spin on 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

By Daniel Uria  |  Updated Oct. 11, 2017 at 4:15 PM
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Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Walt Disney Animation Group has shut down a planned Jack and the Beanstalk animated film titled Gigantic.

The updated version of the fairytale starring a female giant was set to release in 2020 but has been canceled, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"Sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn't working," Walt Disney Animation Group president Ed Catmull said.

Gigantic was set to be directed by Tangled's Nathan Greno and Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve with music by Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez.

The film, officially announced at the D23 convention in 2015, would have been set in Spain sometime between the 15th and 17th centuries as the protagonist, Jack, discovers a land full of giants.

"It's impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn't working," Camull said. "With Gigantic, we've come to that point, and although it's a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we'll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020."

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