Director-producer Adam Shankman is tapping into his background as a dancer and choreographer with The Nutcracker, a two-hour television movie based on the classic ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is one of two projects Shakman and Jennifer Gibgot’s Offspring Entertainment has in the works at NBC, along with Love, Sex And Neighbors, a dramedy from writer Gail Gilchriest (Dallas). Both projects are set at Warner Bros. TV, where Offspring is under an overall deal, with Shankman and his sister Gibgot executive producing.
Written by Todd Graff (Bandslam), The Nutcracker is described as a contemporary reimagining of the holiday ballet staple set in a magical New York City, with high school outcast Clara and Nutcracker-turned-Prince battling assassins across the Big Apple.
So You Think You Can Dance‘s Travis Wall will serve as choreographer on the movie and will co-executive produce alongside longtime UCLA gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field, a professionally trained ballet dancer, and Graff.
NBC already has a live musical holiday franchise. In The Nutcracker — originally based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story — the network is likely eyeing another potential holiday special.
In Love, Sex And Neighbors, when a fresh-faced, traditional-values couple moves to Orange County, they discover that the parents at their kids’ school are experimenting with polyamory. The one-hour dramedy, written/executive produced by Gilchriest, follows four families at the forefront of a quiet revolution in the way everyday people live and love.
Offspring is repped by UTA and attorney Alan Hergott. Cilchriest is with UTA and Writ Large. Graff is with UTA.