Newcomer Smith amid 'Ruins'

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DreamWorks Pictures and Red Hour Films have tapped music video director Carter Smith to helm the horror film "The Ruins."

Red Hour, run by Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld, is making a habit of nurturing new directors. Several of the production shingle's recent films, including "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" and the upcoming "Blades of Glory," have featured novice helmers.

Steven Spielberg also became an advocate for Smith after he saw the director's "Bugcrush," which won the short filmmaking prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

"Ruins," based on the best-selling novel by Scott Smith ("A Simple Plan"), is set in the jungles of the Yucatan, where something evil lives among the ruins. Scott Smith also penned the screenplay.

Red Hour optioned the then-unpublished book in May 2004 based on a few chapters.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in late May in Australia.

Chris Bender also is producing.

DreamWorks' Adam Goodman and Jeremy Kramer are overseeing for the studio. Lara Breay is shepherding the project for Red Hour.

Carter Smith is repped by CAA and attorneys Carlos Goodman and Stuart Rosenthal.
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