'Hairspray' Director Adam Shankman Will Direct a New 'Nutcracker'
After Hairspray hit theaters in 2007, director Adam Shankman proved he could do more than just choreograph dance numbers, and his next musical endeavor, an adaptation of the Broadway jukebox musical Rock of Ages, will hit theaters next year. Now Shankman is poised to take on another high profile project that has seen countless iterations on the stage and screen. Deadline has word that the filmmaker will be at the helm of a new take on the classic holiday fairytale The Nutcracker for New Line Cinema, the Warner Bros. based studio that just delivered a present in the form of A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
Darren Lemke, who recently penned such fairytale films as Jack the Giant Killer for Bryan Singer and Shrek Forever After for Dreamworks Animation, is behind the script which will use the original 1815 book by E.T.A. Hoffman, about a young girl and a wooden toy soldier who comes alive and leads her on an adventure. However, this version will be more dramatic and action-packed (though not The Expendables or The Transporter kind of action) with a love story aiming to be along the same vein as the new Alice in Wonderland, though with less of that gothic Tim Burton style. It sounds like this will be Shankman's next film after Rock of Ages and looks to be something very different for the director who has been at the helm of mostly light-hearted family comedies and romances, so count me in.