Hyde Park, Imagenation 'Street Dancing'
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SANTA MONICA -- Songwriter-producer Dave Stewart has teamed with Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi through the pair's newly created strategic alliance with Media Development Authority of Singapore to make "Street Dancing."
Stewart will team with Oscar winner A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") to pen the movie's score, billed as an against-all-odds story set in the world of dance competitions held in Singapore and New York.
Amritraj will produce, while Imagenation CEO Ed Borgerding and Hyde Park's Patrick Aiello will take exec producer credits alongside Stewart and Prem Akkaraju.
Freshly signed Interscope artist Cindy Gomez will make her big-screen bow in "Dancing." Gomez previously was featured in Nokia's cell phone game "Dance Fabulous."
Released in June through Nokia's OVI Web site, the game features a dancing Gomez avatar as well as five of her songs, a trend that marries music with mobile entertainment. Songs performed in the game could be a prominent component of the production of "Street Dancing."
Music video and feature director Bille Woodruff will direct from a script penned by David Harris.
"This fresh and exciting pop cross-cultural project is an organic match for continuing our partnerships between Hollywood, the Middle East and Asia, and gives us the ability to explore the exciting new distribution format of mobile technology," Amritraj said.
Imagenation Abu Dhabi CEO Edward Borgerding added that he considers "Street Dancing" "the ideal property to commence our partnership with Hyde Park and the MDA. It's very reflective of our partners, their culture and embodies our overall vision of creating global cinema for mass audiences."
MDA CEO Christopher Chia said: "This film will effectively meld both Eastern and Western perspectives, cultures, music and lifestyles together -- making it readily accessible and relevant for a global audience."
Said Stewart: "Collaborating with A.R. Rahman is always a thrill and I look forward to working with him and Cindy on this music heavy project." Hyde Park International is repping worldwide rights for the film at AFM.
Hyde Park/Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Singapore's MDA announced last year an alliance to fund three to four films worth $75 million over the next five years. This arrangement is an extension of Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Hyde Park's $250 million financing deal to produce and distribute up to 20 feature films over seven years.