Jack the Bear is the 1993 drama, adapted from the Dan McCall novel by famed screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, Searching for Bobby Fischer, American Gangster, Hannibal) and directed by Marshall Herskovitz. The Leary family, John (Danny DeVito, Batman Returns, Throw Momma from the Train, Romancing the Stone), Jack (Robert J. Steinmiller, Jr.) and Dylan (Miko Hughes, Pet Sematary), have moved from Syracuse, New York to Oakland, California in the early 1970s. John was a children's show host in Syracuse, but also has a love for horror films, and becomes a television horror film host in Oakland. On one level, the film is just a drama about the Leary's trying to settle into their new life. On another level, Jack the Bear is about confronting various kinds of monsters, from make-believe to human, as well as more abstract monsters, including behaviors that are difficult to control and accidental tragedies such as deaths.