Nutcracker to be reimagined as Action Movie A re-imagining of the classic Nutcracker tale has been picked up by New Line. The new version, written by Darren Lemke, the man behind the studio’s Bryan Singer project “Jack the Giant Killer”, has reportedly turned the tale into an action-adventure movie. The original story centred on a 12-year-old girl who, with her brother and sister, receive gifts from their clockmaker-inventor godfather on Christmas Eve, one of which is a Nutcracker doll. That night, the girl begins an adventure that includes a war involving a seven-headed Mouse King and his army of mice, curses and themes of ugliness and beauty. The Nutcracker is best known as the Christmas ballet with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, but the actual story was written by E.T.A. Hoffmann decades before the ballet’s debut in 1892.