Screen Gems has set Steven Antin to direct Burlesque, a contemporary musical with 12 song-and-dance numbers. Donald De Line will produce.
Burlesque centers on a young woman who tries to escape a hollow past and finds it performing in a neo-burlesque club in Los Angeles.
Antin wrote the script, and Diablo Cody (Juno) revised it.
“Neo-burlesque is a contemporary take on the traditional burlesque that derived from vaudeville, with singing, dancing, comedy and more tease than striptease,” Antin said.
He’s taken established songs that will be updated and worked into dance numbers. The hope is for a style that crosses Moulin Rouge! with Cabaret.