Thomas Carter

*Mandate Pictures announced today that Thomas Carter (“Save the Last Dance,” “Swing Kids”) will direct the film “Dream On,” which is being described as “a high-octane teen dance movie.”

The story follows the life of Nicole Phillips, whose entire 17 years has been leading up to this one moment — the chance to become an Olympic gymnast. When an injury threatens her gold-medal dreams, she discovers the electricity, beat, and passion of the underground hip-hop scene in downtown Atlanta.

Mandate has the project on the fast track for a late 2010 production. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

Carter will also produce, along with Laurence Mark (“Julie & Julia,” “Dreamgirls,” “Center Stage”). David Blackman, Rachel Miller, and Mandate president Nathan Kahane will serve as executive producers. Tamara Chestna and Mary Lee will co-produce.