'Giant Killer' big step for New Line, helmer


Fee fie foe fum, DJ Caruso is smelling the blood of some dead giants.

The director is journeying into the land of fairy tales for his next project, signing on to helm "Jack the Giant Killer" for New Line. Neal Moritz is producing via his Original Film banner along with David Dobkin.

The script, by Mark Bomback ("Live Free or Die Hard"), is set in motion when a princess is kidnapped, threatening a long-standing peace between men and giants. A young farmer is given an opportunity to lead a dangerous expedition to the giants' kingdom in hopes of rescuing her. Darren Lemke is the original writer.

Michele Weiss and Michael Disco are overseeing for the studio.

Caruso, who directed early episodes of "The Shield," has been on a feature film roll, directing 2007's "Disturbia" and 2008's "Eagle Eye." The films domestically grossed $80.2 million and $101.2 million, respectively, and helped establish Shia LaBeouf as a topliner.

The two movies were suspense thrillers, and "Giant" will see Caruso moving up in terms of scale, budget and special effects.

Caruso is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group. (partialdiff)