Hollywood has been trying to crack the, uh, nut, of a live-action take on the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” for a while now. For example, five years ago, Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “Rock Of Ages“) envisioned an “action-adventure” take on the story, but it didn’t get off the ground. Now Disney, who has no shortage of live-action success of late (“Maleficent,” “Cinderella“), is going to put their touch on the project.
THR reports the studio has tapped Lasse Hallstrom to conjure up their “The Nutcracker.” The film has a script by Ashleigh Powell, which apparently mixes elements of the ballet and E.T.A. Hoffmann‘s original story, “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King,” for what is now titled “The Nutcracker And The Four Realms.” That title seems to suggest there’s a bit of blockbuster sauce being thrown on this story, which seems about right given how the Mouse House operates these days with these kinds of projects.
For Hallstrom, this marks the first big, studio project in the director’s long career, and it’s an interesting step. As for casting, nothing yet, but share your thoughts in the comments section.