Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul creator Vince Gilligan has sold a movie pitch to Disney entitled Beanstalk, which is a revisionist take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk story. Thomas Schnauz, who has won two Emmy's for writing on Breaking Bad, will write the full screenplay, with Vince Gilligan eyeing to possibly direct. If he does take the helm, it would mark his feature directorial debut, although he did direct five episodes of Breaking Bad and the Better Call Saul pilot.
Deadline reports that it's still "very early days" for the project, and no specific story details were revealed quite yet. The original fairy tale dates back to the early 1800s, which has been adapted several times before on both the big screen and small. The most recent attempt to adapt this story was director Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer, which starred Nicholas Hoult as Jack.
Vince Gilligan will also serve as a producer alongside Mark Johnson. While this project would mark Vince Gilligan's first feature directing gig, he has written a number of screenplays in the past, such as Wilder Napalm, Home Fries and Hancock. Of course, Hancock came out the same year Breaking Bad debuted, and he hasn't written for the big screen since. Along with creating Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan also created and executive produces CBS' Battle Creek, which debuted last month.