Kevin Tancharoen Going from Musicals to Sci-Fi With Arcana
by Alex Billington
August 26, 2009
A very interesting change of pace today for Kevin Tancharoen, the choreographer-turned-director who reboot and remade the dance movie Fame (out later this year), as he's now attached to direct a sci-fi action movie at Universal. Variety reports that Tancharoen will direct a project called Arcana that Brett Ratner will produce. The script was written by John Ridley, who wrote George Lucas' Red Tails and brought us Undercover Brother. Exact details are being kept a secret, but Arcana is described as a live-action graphic novel influenced by Blade Runner that includes martial arts and uses production methods similar to 300.
I might normally say that's a cool pitch for a first-time director or a director with a background in horror, sci-fi, or action, but a choreographer? Apparently Tancharoen developed the original idea with "Glee" actor Harry Shum Jr. before selling it to the studio. The other good news is that screenwriter John Ridley has also written comics for DC like "The Authority" and "The American Way", so he has a little bit of experience in that medium. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious, because that pitch got me, too, but I'm hesitant, just because the backgrounds of all those involved seem so disconnected from sci-fi. But I'll give it a chance!