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Disney and Vince Gilligan, the creator of the acclaimed and very gritty AMC drama Breaking Bad, are teaming up to adapt the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk.
The studio is in negotiations to pick up Beanstalk, described as a revisionist take on the tale involving a young boy, magic beans and a giant, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Gilligan has written a treatment for the project which will be written by Thomas Schnauz. Gilligan knows Schnauz pretty well: The man was a writer and co-executive producer on Gilligan’s Breaking Bad and is working on the spinoff show Better Call Saul.
Gilligan and Mark Johnson will produce the project.
Disney is on a kick that is seeing the studio produce live action versions of many of its classic animated features, many of which are based on fairy tales.
One could argue Beanstalk falls into that tradition, even if it is revisionist. The studio tackled Jack and the Beanstalk in 1947 when it had Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in place for Jack with Mickey and the Beanstalk.
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