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‘Inside Out’ Writer Meg LeFauve to Direct Disney’s ‘Gigantic’

Inside Out” co-writer Meg LeFauve has been tapped to join Nathan Greno in directing Disney Animation’s “Gigantic.”

Gigantic” was first unveiled in August, 2015, as an adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter announced the project at the studio’s D23 Expo.

“Gigantic” is set for release on Nov. 21, 2018.

The movie is being produced by Dorothy McKim (“Get a Horse!”) and “Frozen” songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will write the music for the film. “We hope this will be the definitive version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ … with comedy and deep emotion,” Greno said at the presentation.

The story is set in Spain during the Age of Exploration and the film follows Jack as he discovers a world of giants hidden within clouds. Jack befriends the female giant Inma, who’s “11 years old, 60 feet tall, fiery, feisty and a lot to control” and treats him like a living doll, Greno said.

LeFauve received an Oscar nomination for best original script this year for “Inside Out” along with Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, and director Pete Docter. She also has credit on “The Good Dinosaur” and has been working on the upcoming “Captain Marvel” movie.

LeFauve had already been working on the “Gigantic” screenplay when she was promoted to the co-director slot. Disney similarly promoted Jennifer Lee from screenwriter to co-director alongside Chris Buck on “Frozen” and Chris Williams was elevated to join Don Hall on “Big Hero 6.”

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