Disney planning 'Step Up 3-D'

'Streets' director Chu could return for sequel

By Michael Fleming
February 26, 2008

Disney will proceed with a third installment of its hit dance franchise "Step Up" tentatively titled "Step Up 3-D."

Pic will become the latest 3-D live-action film from the Mouse House, with "Step Up 2 the Streets" director Jon Chu in talks to reprise.

Offspring Entertainmnent partners Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, who have reupped at Disney for three years, will develop the film; the pair produced the first two "Step Up" pics.

Deal extension, which keeps them on the lot through 2011, comes after "Step Up 2 the Streets" turned in a surprisingly strong $28.7 million over the five-day Presidents Day weekend. The picture, co-financed by Disney and Summit Entertainment, cost $20 million to make.

Offspring, which was formed at Disney by siblings Shankman and Gibgot, previously produced the Sandra Bullock starrer "Premonition" and just wrapped the Burr Steers-directed "Seventeen" at New Line; that film starred Shankman's "Hairspray" lead Zac Efron.

This week, Shankman began directing the Adam Sandler starrer "Bedtime Stories" for Disney.
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