Universal Plans The Nutcracker

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Universal has plans to re-adapt the classic story of The Nutcracker with a new pitch on the material from Jon Gunn and John Mann.

The pair, who originally teamed for the 2000 film Mercy Streets, developed the idea for their take alongside producer Peter Chernin, though details on their slant are currently unknown.

Most famously adapted as a ballet by Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century, the tale originated as a short story by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816. In it, a young girl’s dolls come to life on Christmas Eve alongside a noble nutcracker, who protects her from a villainous army of mice.