Dancing With The Stars professional dancers Julianne and Derek Hough have partnered with Starz to develop Blackpool, an original series set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing. The siblings will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for the series, drawing on years of experience as competitors and world dance champions. The series revolves around the prestigious annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England and will explore the dancer’s obsession with perfection and the darker side of the glamorous world of ballroom dance. “The world of ballroom dance has captivated millions of people around the world, and there are no more recognizable superstars in this arena than Julianne and Derek,” says Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz. “Their experiences growing up in this highly competitive world are riveting and also shocking.”
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ABC’s flagship series, Dancing with the Stars, will return on Monday, March 21. It will be interesting to see if the absence of star dancer Derek Hough, who is off to do a movie, will impact the reality juggernaut. Unlike American Idol star judge Simon Cowell, Hough is only taking a temporary leave and said he will be back for the fall cycle. The celebrity cast of the spring Dancing will be announced on Feb. 28 during The Bachelor. The show’s bookers have a tough act to follow with last cycle’s buzzworthy cast led by Bristol Palin.
EXCLUSIVE: Dancing with the Stars has given tube time to some former movie stars, but who knew the show would be so good at launching movie careers? Derek Hough, who as a regular dance partner has cut the rug with three winning contestants (Nicole Scherzinger, Brooke Burke and most recently Jennifer Grey) will star in Cobu 3D. The film will team him with BoA, a top recording artist and performer in Asia. Duane Adler, who wrote Save the Last Dance and Step Up, will direct his screenplay. The film will be produced by Robert Cort, who worked with Adler on Save the Last Dance. Korea’s CJ Entertainment and SM Entertainment will start principal photography in Toronto and New York this spring, while Hough is on hiatus from the show.
BoA and Hough will play dancers from different worlds whose Romeo & Juliet-like romance is threatened by the dangerous rivalry between their brothers’ competing dance clubs in Gotham’s underground scene. Cort is producing with Soo Man Lee, Eric Hetzel and Patricia Chun. Lionsgate will handle international sales on the film, excluding the territories that CJ will take — South Korea, Japan and China. Sales will begin in Berlin. Hough’s sister Julianne, was also a regular dancer on Dancing with the Stars before she left after landing the female lead in Paramount’s remake of Footloose. Derek Hough actually made his name by starring … Read More »