The marketing is now officially underway for the upcoming Jack Black comedy Gulliver’s Travels, a potential holiday blockbuster that we had heard very little about up until now. It is a modern adaptation of the classic novel by Jonathan Swift, with Black playing a prospective travel writer who takes an assignment in Bermuda, only to stumble upon the island of Lilliput where everyone is one-twelfth the size of normal humans. Although this is only part of the original story, the trailer seems to focus only on the inhabitants of this island, so it is probably a safe assumption that the other adventures will play out in sequels.
As much as I like Jack Black, I have to say, I’m not sure about this flick. It definitely has the same feel as the Night at the Museum films, although it is directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale). The one saving grace could be the fact that the script was co-written by Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek), although Joe Stillman (Shrek, Beavis and Butthead Do America) also has a credit. The supporting cast includes Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly and Chris O’Dowd. Does this look like a winner to you? Gulliver’s Travels hits theatres on December 22nd; the trailer is embedded after the jump.