I can only imagine the early production meetings… “guys, we need a storyline that’ll let us show off some really cool new visual effects, something that everyone will know but that we can bring into the modern era.” “Okay, but it better not cost a mil to get the book rights this time.” “Okay, okay. Hey! How about Jack and the Beanstalk?” “Wait, are we talking a cartoon?” “No, live action. Big, epic, scary, in your face, even some splatter!” “Fine. Show me a script. I’ll call Singer, I think he owes us one…”
The mess surrounding how intense to make the movie is really too bad, because I found it a quite enjoyable fantasy film with striking images that were inspired by all sorts of other films, including Skull Island from Peter Jackson’s King Kong and a medieval world that definitely had me looking for surprise cameos from Dwarves and even a young Bilbo Baggins.