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New Line to take a crack at ‘Nutcracker’

Lemke re-imagines story as action adventure

New Line’s delving into the fairy tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” snapping up a pitch from Darren Lemke and setting it up with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment.

Lemke’s take re-imagines the classic story published in 1816 by E.T.W. Hoffman’s as an action adventure. It’s the second New Line gig for Lemke, the orginal writer on the minimajor’s “Jack the Giant Killer,” to which Bryan Singer is attached to direct.

The original “Nutcracker” centers on a 12-year old girl who’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes alive and defeats the Mouse King before transporting her to a kingdom of dolls. The story’s been adapted numerous times with the most famous version coming with the 1892 ballet composed by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Lemke’s credits also include addition DreamWorks’s “Shrek Forever After,” “The Mechanic” and “Gemini Man” at Disney.

Temple Hill produced “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” and its love story “Dear John,” starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried, has been set for release in February.

Lemke’s repped by UTA.

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