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Universal picks up the rights to an adaptation of The Nutcracker

07.26.2011
A new Nutcracker's coming to town, one chalk full of ACTION and EXPLOSIONS.

Alas, that's actually not true. But Universal has just picked up the rights to a new version of THE NUTCRACKER, headed by John Mann (MAGIC 8 BALL) and Jon Gunn and produced by RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES guys Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark.

The film, a live-action adventure take on the classic tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, "centers on a 12-year-old girl who, with her brother and sister, receive gifts from their clockmaker-inventor godfather on Christmas Eve, one of which is a Nutcracker doll. That night, the girl begins an adventure that includes a war involving a seven-headed Mouse King and his army of mice, curses and themes of ugliness and beauty."

This is actually the second Nutcracker film that's in development in Hollywood. The other is at New Line from Temple Hill Entertainment, the same group behind THE TWILIGHT SAGA. I'm not sure which is worse - a Nutcracker movie involving TWILIGHT people, or a Nutcracker from the guy tasked with writing that f*cking MAGIC 8 BALL flick.
Extra Tidbit: I actually wouldn't mind a good Nutcracker film. ("Good" being the operative word.)

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5:05PM on 07/26/2011
WOWW. thats all i can say about this.
WOWW. thats all i can say about this.
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12:15PM on 07/26/2011

It's like Lord of the Rings...

...with dolls!
...and chalk!
...with dolls!
...and chalk!
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7:04AM on 07/26/2011

Agreed

there needs to be one straight forward, no gimich Nutcrcker movie. Its one of the biggest Ballets of all time and there is barely any film verison you can call good. Most are either childish cartoons, filmed stage performances, or so cheap and cheesey that its intolerable. A descent film with straight forward acting and writing would much appriciated and a worth while christmas flick. Hopefully someone can do it right
there needs to be one straight forward, no gimich Nutcrcker movie. Its one of the biggest Ballets of all time and there is barely any film verison you can call good. Most are either childish cartoons, filmed stage performances, or so cheap and cheesey that its intolerable. A descent film with straight forward acting and writing would much appriciated and a worth while christmas flick. Hopefully someone can do it right
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7:00AM on 07/26/2011
Wasn´t acually a movie made with John Turturro as the rat king just a year ago?
Wasn´t acually a movie made with John Turturro as the rat king just a year ago?
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