By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, THR
While re-imaginings are not exactly unique, some of them do push the boundaries of their source so far that they can be considered original. This is extremely rare, of course, but New Line's The Nutcracker seems to fit the bill.
The Nutcracker Reimagining Coming
New Line has purchased a pitch by Darren Lemke that reimagines the classic tale of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King as an action-adventure movie. The story 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.
The Nutcracker has been adapted repeatedly over the past century, with the best known being the Christmas ballet with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The original story was written by E.T.A. Hoffmann decades before the ballet's debut in 1892.
Darren Lemke has been mentioned repeatedly around Hollywood of late, having also wrote New Line's Bryan Singer project Jack the Giant Killer.