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January 29, 2013 5:51 PM
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Starz Developing Dysfunctional Ballet Drama From Producer of 'Breaking Bad'

Mikhail Baryshnikov and Leslie Browne in 1977 film 'The Turning Point' Twentieth Century Fox
It may not be in quite the same league of meth manufacturing, but "Black Swan" taught us there's a dark side to ballet, and Starz plans to explore it with a new and yet-untitled original drama about the world of dance that it's put in development.

The project comes from "Breaking Bad" co-executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett and Lawrence Bender, known for his work as a producer on Quentin Tarantino's films since the "Reservoir Dogs" days. The drama will follow a young ballet dancer named Claire who joins a prestigious New York ballet company while struggling with a troubled past, her journey illuminating the "dysfunctional underbelly of the ballet world."

Bender will executive produce the series alongisde Kevin Brown, with Starz Entertainment producing. Starz notes in the announcement that Bender, Brown and Wally-Beckett all have connections to the world of ballet -- Bender and Walley-Beckett are former ballet dancers, and Brown's family is made up entirely of former ballet dancers, serving as the basis for the 1977 Oscar-nominated film "The Turning Point."

Starz is currently in the midst of airing the final season of its period action series "Spartacus: War Of The Damned." David S. Goyer historical fantasy drama "Da Vinci's Demons" is set to premiere on April 12.

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2 Comments

  • Anonymous | January 30, 2013 8:01 AMReply

    Any chance Dakota Fanning will be cast in the lead?

  • Holly | September 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    On a Starz show? I hope not; that would be a huge step down for her. I don't even know anyone who has Starz.