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What with comic books being all the rage there are a lot of bigger and smaller properties being turned into movies. And with Hollywood being what it is, there are only so many actors to go around. This is why Zoe Saldana is now on board another comic adaptation. This one is a bit smaller and not part of the MCU however, so there’s no risk of her meeting herself. Saldana has joined the cast of I Kill Giants.
I Kill Giants is the story of Barbara Thorson a young girl who is a social misfit because of her passion for things like Dungeons & Dragons. She battles monsters, it is true, but not all of them are in the Monster Manual. Some of her demons are quite real. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Saldana will play the part of a school psychologist who forms a bond with the young girl and helps her face both types of monsters.
The movie will be directed by Anders Walter who won an Oscar for the short film Helium. Joe Kelly who wrote the original award winning graphic novel also handled the screenplay for the film. Chris Columbus is producing the film.
It should be an interesting film to put together. Depending on how "real" the filmmakers want to make the fantasy aspects of the movie, it could still have a lot of the same set pieces that your standard comic book movie has. At the same time, this is a very different story dealing with some serious subject matter. Without delving into spoiler territory the graphic novel has a lot of similarities to Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch at least as far as the idea of our protagonist escaping reality into a fantasy world in order to avoid dealing with the pain of the real world. It is believed by most that film utterly failed at balancing these concepts. Hopefully Giants can do better. Chris Columbus has shown more success in working with child actors then he has dealing with classic video games, so the movie has that on its side.
No shooting schedule or release date have been announced so it’s unknown when we’ll see the film. It may depend how quickly the sequels to Avatar actually get underway. There’s also Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There could also be more Star Trek, because money. Zoe Saldana’s in a lot of really big movies is what we’re saying. Saldana will probably appreciate being able to act with other human beings outside of a green screen for once. Unless she ends up in the little girl’s fantasy world.