August 1, 2007 / 4:45 AM / 11 years ago

Sagal, Chase climb live-action "Beanstalk"

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Katey Sagal, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried and Chevy Chase are starring in a live-action feature version of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

James Earl Jones is in negotiations to voice the role of the Giant in the family-friendly tale, which recently began production in Los Angeles.

Sagal will play the concerned mother of Jack (Colin Ford), Shawn will play the pawnbroker who sells Jack his magic beans and Gottfried will play a goose that lays golden eggs.

Chase has a cameo as the keeper of a labyrinth Jack must traverse to meet the giant. Veteran character actor Daniel Roebuck will play the mayor of Jack’s hometown, while Christopher Lloyd will play a stern headmaster.

“Beanstalk” is the first of 10 low-budget family features being produced by indie firm Avalon Family Films. The film is being directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe, who rose through the ranks as a makeup effects artists on dozens of horror films.

“It’s good not to have blood on the set,” Tunnicliffe joked. “The big fight is a pillow fight.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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