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Published On: Mon, Oct 31st, 2016

‘Inside Out’ co-writer Meg LeFauve set as ‘Gigantic’ co-director

Disney’s animated retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk story has a new creator, meet co-director Meg LeFauve.

LeFauve brings an amazing resume, earning an Oscar nomination earlier this year for co-writing the Pixar film Inside Out and has already been hired to co-write Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie Captain Marvel.

THR broke the news that LeFauve will join Tangled helmer Nathan Greno as co-director on the Disney animated film Gigantic.

“We hope this will be the definitive version of Jack and the Beanstalk…with comedy and deep emotion,” said Greno

gigantic-movie-posterLeFauve had been working on the script for the film for some time, but THR notes that her input and collaboration expanded into a larger role, and she’ll now serve as fully fledged co-director. This is reportedly similar to what transpired on the smash-hit Frozen, where co-writer Jennifer Lee was upped to co-director alongside Chris Buck. Lee is now a top tier talent at Disney, returning to co-write and co-direct Frozen 2 and scripting director Ava DuVernay’s live-action A Wrinkle in Time adaptation.

“Disney Animation has a history of pairing up directors during the course of the making of an animated movie. In recent years, Chris Williams joined Don Hall on Big Hero 6, and Rich Moore partnered with Byron Howard on Zootopia,” the trade added.

Full details on Gigantic is still a bit under wraps as it’s still in development, but the film is said to update the Jack and the Beanstalk story with a tale that finds Jack befriending a female giant. It’ll be a musical, with Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kirsten Anderson-Lopez penning original songs, and it certainly has some serious promise—especially now with LeFauvre onboard as a director.

Gigantic will arrive on November 21, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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