J.Lo taking ‘Lessons’

On heels of one dance pic, next role toes line

A correction was made to this article on Oct. 31, 2003.

Jennifer Lopez wants to keep dancing.

On the heels of completing work as the teacher in “Shall We Dance?” for Miramax, Lopez has agreed to develop “Dance Lessons” at Paramount through her Nuyorican shingle as a potential starring vehicle.

Exactly what kind of dancing would be involved in “Dance Lessons” is an intriguing question, since the project is described as a cross between “Footloose” and “The Full Monty.”

Lopez will produce with Julio Caro, her producing partner at Nuyorican, who previously teamed with the actress on New Line’s “The Cell.” Sara Goodman, who has penned comedies “Buckle Bunnies” for U, “Nice” at Warner and “Neurotica” at New Line, has been tapped to pen the script.

Deal was worked out as Par execs agreed to buy a pitch. Pamela Abdy, hired this summer as a VP of production for Paramount after serving as Jersey Films’ production prexy, will oversee “Dance Lessons” for the studio.

Project is the first bigscreen deal made for Lopez since she appeared with beau Ben Affleck in Sony’s “Gigli.” “Shall We Dance?,” a remake of the 1996 Japanese hit, also stars Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and is expected to be released next summer.

Lopez is due to appear in two other Miramax projects — Lasse Hallstrom’s “An Unfinished Life,” opposite Robert Redford, and Josh Lucas and Kevin Smith’s “Jersey Girl,” co-starring with Affleck — and plans to star in New Line’s romantic comedy “Monster in Law,” with Robert Luketic directing.

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