NEW YORK — Neve Campbell will star as a ballet dancer in “Move” as Warner Bros. moves quickly to ready the pic for her next screen vehicle.
Eric Guggenheim is writing the script with the intention of completing it by the time Campbell completes her “Party of Five” season in April. The film will be produced by Ben Myron, Arlene Forster, Campbell, Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig.
Though best known for her work on “Party of Five” and as “Scream” queen, Campbell has been dancing since the age of 9, having been trained at the National Ballet School of Canada.
“Move” focuses on a young girl who comes to New York to become a classical ballet dancer. She finds herself torn between two mentors: the older head of a ballet company and a young impresario who has formed a hip, modern dance company. The hope is to recapture the energy of such dance films as “All That Jazz,” “Fame” and “Flashdance,” integrating flashy choreography and soundtrack potential.
The project was hatched by Myron, Riche and Ludwig, producers of the upcoming MGM film “The Mod Squad.” They knew of the thesp’s dance background and brought the idea to Campbell and her manager, Forster. Eager to display her dancing in a film, Campbell sparked to the concept, then collaborated with Guggenheim on the story, to which she contributed many of her own experiences.
Guggenheim previously wrote “Wetworks,” a satire of the movie biz, and recently sold the pitch “Trim” to Fox 2000. WB, pleased with its upcoming film “Three to Tango” with Campbell, Matthew Perry and Oliver Platt, made a preemptive buy to get another Campbell vehicle. WB exec Basil Iwanyk will steer the project.
Campbell was agented by CAA, and Guggenheim was repped by Jordan Bayer and Matt Leipzig of Original Artists and manager Lisa Santos of Zide/Perry Entertainment.