Jolly Black giant in Fox 'Travels'


Jack Black will star in Fox's re-imagining of the classic tale "Gulliver's Travels."

The film centers on free-spirited travel writer Lemuel Gulliver (Black) on assignment in Bermuda who suddenly finds himself a giant among the tiny inhabitants of the hidden island of Liliput.

"Shark Tale" helmer Rob Letterman will direct, with Nicholas Stoller ("Fun With Dick and Jane") polishing a script by Joe Stillman ("Shrek").

Producing the project are John Davis and Electric Dynamite, Black's production company with Ben Cooley. Fox's Steve Asbell is overseeing the project for the studio. Brian Manis is overseeing for Davis.

Principal photography begins in March, but no location has been picked.

Endeavor reps Black and Letterman, who both have new films coming to theaters in the first part of 2009. Black next will be seen in the Judd Apatow-produced "The Year One" for Columbia in June, while Letterman helms "Monsters vs. Aliens," due in March from DreamWorks Animation.

UTA reps Stillman and Stoller. Stillman recently penned the animated adventure "Planet 51" for Ilion Animation and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

Stoller, who helmed "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," is in preproduction on "Get Him to the Greek," which he co-wrote with Jason Segal and is directing. (partialdiff)