Got a text this morning from the set of ‘Jack The Giant Killer’. A mediæval fantasy now shooting on location near London.
The 1962 film of the same name is one of the few films not made by Ray Harryhausen to feature (as opposed to merely utilise) the stop-motion process, and demonstrated the formidable talents of Jim Danforth. He was a protégé of Harryhausen, assisting him on several films including ‘Clash of the Titans’ (1981). Danforth was Oscar nominated for ‘The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao’, (1964), and ‘When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth’ (1971).
The 1962 ‘Jack’ was made following the success of Harryhausen’s ‘7th Voyage of Sinbad’ and shared its lead, Kerwin Mathews and villain, Torin Thatcher.
The latest Giant Killer may owe its existence to the recent success of ‘Clash of the Titans’ (2010) which was based on the screenplay for the Harryhausen film.
It seems the new production is unconnected with the 1962 film and has been described as an adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend, although Jack The Giant Killer is an entirely different English folk tale.
‘When good King Arthur reigned, there lived near the Land’s End of England, in the county of Cornwall, a farmer who had one only son called Jack….’