Adam Shankman is set to direct a new version of the classic holiday tale The Nutcracker says Deadline.
The story is centered 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 was 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.
Darren Lemke sold the pitch back in '09 which reimagines the story first penned by E. T. A. Hoffmann in 1816 and later made famous by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his musical ballet interpretation in 1892.
The tone is said to be close to Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and the project is being set up as a major family tentpole for a late 2013 release.
Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will be producing the pic with Shankman's regular partner Jennifer Gibgot.