New Nutcracker Adaptation Planned

John Turturro, Nathan Lane and Elle Fanning are set to star in a $65 million fantasy musical inspired by Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker” reports Variety.

Russian helmer Andrei Konchalovsky will helm “Nutcracker — The Untold Story” whichl will based on the original fairy story rather than the ballet it spawned.

Lane gifts the Nutcracker doll to Fanning in 1920s Vienna and Turturro plays the evil Mouse King.

Tim Rice is contributing lyrics to eight new songs using Tchaikovsky’s scores, from “The Nutcracker” itself and from his concertos and symphonies.

Konchalovsky has written the screenplay with Chris Solimine. Shooting begins July 16th in Budapest.