Dance-based film returns studio to its roots
Don Granger, UA prexy of production. “Working with Matthew, who spends every day working with the hottest, most cutting-edge dancers and choreographers, is sure to bring an extraordinary and fresh twist to the dance film genre.” Diamond is helming episodes of Fox’s hoofer competish “So You Think You Can Dance.” “Camp Rock,” starring the tween and teen favs the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, bowed on the Disney Channel last month to an audience of nearly 9 million, besting the bow of the kid cabler’s first “High School Musical.” Diamond also has directed episodes of ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” “Men in Trees” and NBC’s “Scrubs.” UA, which relaunched in 2006, as a partnership between MGM and Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner has Paul Haggis’ “Ranger’s Apprentice” and Guillermo del Toro’s “Champions” in the works. It unspools Bryan Singer’s World War II thriller “Valkyrie,” starring Cruise, in February.
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