Universal wins fight for ‘Arcana’

Tancharoen to direct martial arts action fantasy

Universal Pictures has acquired “Arcana,” a treatment for a martial arts action fantasy that will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen.

The 23-year-old tyro was just tapped by Lakeshore and MGM to direct a remake of “Fame.”

“Arcana” will be produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern and John Chen under the Rat Entertainment banner.

Arcana is a fighting technique that is an evolution of Brazilian dance-fighting, infused with a supernatural twist.

Tancharoen co-wrote the treatment with Harry Shum, and a writer will be set shortly.

Tancharoen comes to directing with a strong background in dance and choreography. He directed, co-created and co-produced the MTV series “Twenty Four Seven” and “DanceLife,” and he was dance director on the CW series “Search for the Next Pussycat Doll.”

Discovered at 12, Tancharoen danced on tours through his teens and became the choreographer for videos and tours involving Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and others.

“This project allows me to infuse elements of so many of my influences, from genre films to comic books, to dancing to martial arts,” Tancharoen said.

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