I'm thrilled to be working with Phoenix and John Grisham on this adaptation. I've been wanting to do an aggressive, adult, character dramedy for some time. Everyone in my life are insane football fanatics, so this project is a perfect and organic story for me and my company. We can't wait to get startedShankman to direct Grisham adaptation Aug 06, 2008
I never thought of musicals as franchises but it certainly worked with 'High School Musical,' and the idea of working with that cast again, and creating new material and music, is a dream come trueStudio planning 'Hairspray' sequel Jul 24, 2008
I think it would be a smack in the face if there was striking at the ceremony because it would be undermining the achievements of their own guild, and that would be reprehensible. I think it's a horribly counter-intuitive idea to strike something that celebrates their own membershipMany stars won't cross Globes picket line Dec 13, 2007
It was unbelievably beautiful, and I'm so proud to have introduced them'Step Up' stars Tatum, Dewan marry Jul 12, 2009
The last time I was on the show was as a dancer, and to come back as a producer is such an unbelievable honorShankman, Mechanic named Oscar producers Oct 20, 2009
Adam Michael Shankman (born November 27, 1964) is an American film director, producer, dancer, actor, and choreographer. He has been a judge on the television program So You Think You Can Dance since Season 3. He began his professional career in musical theater, and was a dancer in music videos for Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson. Shankman also choreographed one of the Spice Girls' tours. He has directed several feature-length films, including A Walk to Remember, Bringing Down the House, and Hairspray.
Shankman was born in Los Angeles, California to an upper middle class family. He has said that he had a "traditional Jewish upbringing" in Brentwood. He attended The Juilliard School, but dropped out to dance in musical theater.
Shankman was a dancer in Janet Jackson's “Escapade” video, as well as in a MC Skat Kat video with Paula Abdul. Shankman broke into professional choreography in a 1989 music video for rapper MC Shan with director Julien Temple. When the hired choreographer fell through, Shankman lied and said that he had done choreography for Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul. He was hired on the spot without his story being verified. Shankman began choreographing movies that included actors such as Marlon Brando, Sarah Jessica Parker, Antonio Banderas, and the cast of Boogie Nights. He is Brendan Fraser's exclusive choreographer.