A substantially rechoreographed “Save the Last Dance” is making its final moves: Paramount Pictures has greenlighted the pic for a November start, with a new director and additional writers in place for the Cort-Madden Co. film.
Julia Stiles will topline the pic about interracial romance, with Thomas Carter (“Metro,” TV’s “Miami Vice”) directing. Casting for a male lead is expected to wrap this week from a pool of unknowns.
The romantic script was initially penned by Duane Adler, with subsequent versions written by Tori Ann Johnson and Cheryl Edwards.
The pic centers on a white Midwestern girl, who moves to Chicago, and her new boyfriend — a black teen from the South Side with a rough, semi-criminal past.
“It’s about what it’s like to be in an interracial romance when both worlds are sometimes saying ‘Maybe you two shouldn’t be together,’ ” explained David Madden, who is producing with Robert Cort.
Tyro helmer Nicholas Goodman, who helmed the short spoof “Swing Blade” in 1997, had been briefly attached to “Last Dance” but ankled shortly thereafter.
Stiles stars in a recent spate of Shakespeare on celluloid: “10 Things I Hate About You” (an update of “The Taming of the Shrew”), an update of “Othello” (opposite Mekhi Phifer) and a new version of “Hamlet” (opposite Ethan Hawke).
Stiles is repped by UTA and Geoff Oblath at Armstrong, Hirsch; Carter by CAA.