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'Save the Last Dance' helmer joins 'Dream On'

Thomas Carter to direct Mandate teen dance movie

"Save the Last Dance" director Thomas Carter has a gig for another jig.

Carter will direct Mandate Pictures' teen dance movie "Dream On" for producer Laurence Mark ("Dreamgirls"). Jason Ubaldi wrote the screenplay.

The storyline follows a 17-year-old girl who delves into the underground hip-hop scene in Atlanta after her dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast are dashed by an injury.

Carter will also produce the project, which the studio hopes to start filming by the end of the year. David Blackman, Rachel Miller and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers; Tamara Chestna and Mary Lee will co-produce. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

The CAA-repped Carter has also directed the features "Swing Kids," "Metro" and "Coach Carter" and episodes of the series "Equal Justice," "Miami Vice" and "St. Elsewhere."

Mark has recently produced "Julie & Julia," "The Lookout" and the dance movie "Center Stage."

Mandate recently produced "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," "The Strangers" and "Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay." The company's next release is the comedy "The Switch," which opens in August.