The world as a whole is still trying to forget the unbelievably insane The Nutcracker in 3D, released last year. (And just out on DVD as The Nutcracker: The Untold Story.) The easiest way to forget that the film exists is to make another movie called The Nutcracker, and have this one be a truly family-friendly version.

And so we’ve got this: Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Rock of Ages) will make The Nutcracker for New Line, with this version being “a new take on the classic fairy tale that is being eyed as a tent pole family holiday film for late 2013.” Read More »

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Movie Trailer: The Nutcracker in 3D

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There wasn’t a whole lot of enthusiasm when another action-movie rendition of The Nutcracker was announced last year, and I’m not convinced that this trailer for The Nutcracker in 3D is going to change any minds. The film is a retelling of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which later became a Christmas staple when Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky adapted it into a ballet. The film stars Elle Fanning (aka Dakota Fanning’s sister), Nathan Lane, and John Turturro. Read More »

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Despite a number one position at the box office this weekend (in the US as well as here, in my motherland), we can’t exactly call Robert Zemeckis‘ film of A Christmas Carol a smash hit. There’s definitely a little way to go until it turns a profit on it’s supposed $200 million budget. Off timing, then, to hear of his plans for another motion-captured Christmas story, The Nutcracker.

In selecting his source material, the rumour goes that Zemeckis will apparently be bypassing the Tchaikvosky ballet version in favour of adapting ETA Hoffman’s original story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It’s a fantasy yarn which I read as a combination of moral fable and political satire and which drips with threat and dark malice. Already we’ve had at least three versions brought to the cinema¬† – once in stop-motion, once in cel-animation, and just this year in live action, and I’m surprised to realise I haven’t had a full viewing of any of them. Must sort that out.

Having just this week seen Zemeckis’ rather encouraging take on Dickens, and bearing in mind that many of the characters this time out won’t even need human eyes being rats and wooden figures, I’m fully enthused to see him step up for some Nutcracker mo-cap action.

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