Adam Shankman is tapping into his dancing roots for Vamp, a drama project at ABC that has received a script commitment with penalty. Written/executive produced by The Carrie Diaries developer/executive producer Amy B. Harris, Vamp centers on a ballerina who comes to New York with her mother — a woman who gave up her dreams for her family — only to find her mother’s past in Manhattan may affect her future. Looking for release from the rigors of ballet and the society world she doesn’t understand, this young ingénue finds her escape dancing at Vamp — New York City’s most decadent and outrageous nightclub.
Shankman is attached to direct the project, which he executive produces with his sister Jennifer Gibgot through their Offspring Entertainment (Step Up movie franchise, Hairspray). Harris, who has worked on a number of series set in New York including Sex And The City, Gossip Girl and Carrie Diaries, exec produces through her A.B. Baby Productions. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
Shankman, who grew up in Los Angeles, moved to New York to attend Juilliard’s dance program but ultimately dropped out to pursue dance in musical theater. He went on to become a choreographer and then director and producer. Shankman and Gibgot, repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott, recently sold TV projects to HBO and Fox and are currently working on New Line’s Mean Moms, eyeing a February start.
This marks the second sale this season for Harris, repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman. She is co-writing and executive producing with John Riggi a comedy for Fox based on the movie Monster-In-Law.
Starz also has a drama about a young ballerina joining the New York ballet scene, Flesh And Bone, which will air as a limited series next year.