Laurence Mark to produce teen dance script
Mandate Pictures has picked up the teen dance drama script “Dream On” from Jason Ubaldi for Laurence Mark to produce.Project revolves around an aspiring Olympic gymnast who discovers the underground hip-hop scene in Atlanta. Ubaldi is penning “Treasure Hunters” with Broken Road Prods., and “The Lowenfish Party” for Cheyenne Enterprises. Mark, who most recently produced “Julie and Julia,” and “Dreamgirls” before that, will produce “Dream On” with Rachel Miller, who conceived the idea. Tamara Chestna and Mary Lee will co-produce. Mandate prexy Nathan Kahane will executive produce the pic with David Blackman, for the company, which is readying to bow “Whip It,” the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday. Fox Searchlight, which also distribbed Mandate’s “Juno,” releases the pic Oct. 2. Mandate also has “The Baster,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, set to bow next year through Miramax.