'Step Up' writer boards 'Jump Around'

Duane Adler will rework script and direct teen dance drama

The man has dancing in his blood.

Duane Adler, who co-wrote "Step Up" and "Save the Last Dance," has been hired to rework the screenplay for the teen dance drama "Jump Around," which he also will direct for Wind Dancer Prods.

Wind Dancer execs Matt Williams ("What Women Want") and Judd Payne ("Passengers") will produce with Granat Entertainment VP Jared Mass, who brought the project to the company. Wind Dancer's David McFadzean and Dete Meserve will exec produce.

Firdosi Wharton originally wrote the "Jump Around" script, about a group of teenagers who form a double-dutch jump-roping team at their high school and compete for a spot in an international competition. Double Dutch this year became an official varsity sport in New York City schools.

"We went to the Apollo Theater this year to see these kids in action, and the dance moves are truly ground-breaking," Williams said.

Adler, repped by ICM and Blain & Associates, also co-wrote "Make It Happen." His script "Venice Beach" is in development at Fox with Ne-Yo attached to star.

Wind Dancer also has in development "The Goblin," written by Geoff Rodkey with Charles Gibson attached to direct, and "American Lightning," adapted by Mark Frost from the book by Howard Blum.
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