Mandate Pictures announced today that Thomas Carter (Save the Last Dance, Swing Kids) will direct Dream On, which is described as “a high-octane teen dance movie” written by Jason Ubaldi.
Dream On follows the life of Nicole Phillips, whose entire 17 years has been leading up to this one moment — the chance to become an Olympic gymnast. When an injury threatens her gold-medal dreams, she discovers the electricity, beat, and passion of the underground hip-hop scene in downtown Atlanta.
Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia, Dreamgirls, Center Stage) and Carter will produce. David Blackman, Rachel Miller, and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers. Tamara Chestna and Mary Lee will co-produce.
Mandate has the project on the fast track for a late 2010 production. Lionsgate is handling international sales on this title.