The popular Lifetime series DANCE MOMS is getting the movie treatment from the one and only Ellen DeGeneres. The film is in development at A Very Good Production, DeGeneres’ TV group-based production company under Warner Bros.
The movie comes from an original idea by DeGeneres, who is an avid lover of dance. Earlier this year she launched the eight-episode digital series Witch and Allison’s Dance Challenge, which saw contestants between the ages of 10 and 14 competing for a chance to dance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (where DeGeneres often showcases dancing segments with her audience and guests). The idea for the film is inspired by Dance Moms TV series, which follows Abby Lee Miller and the Abby Lee Dance Company and the young dancers beginning their training, as well as their oft-bickering and competitive mothers.
The show has been on for six seasons, beginning in the summer of 2011 with 13 episodes before moving to its permanent spot of January with orders of 20 – 40 episodes per season. It has been nominated for numerous Teen and Kids’ Choice Awards since its inception and has created several spin-off series, including Dance Moms: Miami, which premiered and was canceled in 2012, and a British version titled Dance Mums which lasted two seasons. Miller also appeared in the short-lived shows Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Abby’s Studio Rescue, where she went to struggling studios to try and help them improve. Recently, Miller was indicted for fraud and entered a guilty plea last month.
DeGeneres will produce, alongside Jeff Kleeman, who is the president of A Very Good Production.
DeGeneres is repped by ICM and Neuman & Associates.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor