Adam Shankman to produce dance comedy
Anne Fletcher and Adam Shankman are set to hoop it up for Disney.Fletcher is attached to direct the comedy “Matadors,” based on the true story of the Chicago Bulls’ 14-member troupe of male dancing cheerleaders. Shankman will produce through his Disney-based shingle. Pitch by Mike Bender is described as a comedic take on what happens when a pair of the ultimate basketball fans form a cheerleading squad. The movie will feature extensive dance numbers, drawing on Fletcher’s experience as a choreographer. Shankman’s partner Jennifer Gibgot is also producing. Matthew Mizel, who brought the material into Offspring, is co-producing. Alison Rosenzweig, Michael Gaeta and Deb Hagan will also serve in some producing capacity. Studio is in negotiations with the NBA to secure the league’s full cooperation. Project reteams Fletcher (“27 Dresses”) with Shankman. The pair worked together on the teen dance pic “Step Up,” which Fletcher directed and Shankman produced. Offspring’s credits include the “Step Up” sequel, “Step Up 2 the Streets,” and the upcoming Adam Sandler starrer “Bedtime Stories,” both for Disney. The shingle also recently set up the teen dance drama “Drill Team” at Rogue Pictures. Fletcher’s next project is the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy “The Proposal” for Disney. Bender has a number of projects in development at various studios including “Bob the Musical” at Disney, with Benderspink and Contrafilm producing.
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