Adam Shankman Is A “Nutcracker”

Adam Shankman is set to direct a new film adaptation of the classic fairy tale “The Nutcracker” for New Line Cinema says Deadline.

Darren Lemke (“Jack and the Giant Killer,” “Shrek Forever After”) penned the script which harkens back to E.T.A. Hoffman’s original 1815 book about a young girl whose wooden toy soldier comes alive and takes her on an adventure.

The tone is said to be akin to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and the company is setting it up as a major family tentpole movie for a late 2013 release.

Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen are producing, as will Shankman’s regular partner Jennifer Gibgot (though that’s not set yet).