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UA taps Diamond to direct ‘Move’

Dance-based film returns studio to its roots

United Artists has found a dance partner in Matthew Diamond, tapping the director of Disney Channel’s hit TV movie musical “Camp Rock” to write and helm “Move.”

Studio is keeping quiet on the plot of the dance pic, but it’s looking to fast-track the production that Gary Pearl of Pearl Pictures will produce along with Philip Pierce.

UA is eyeing the project as a way to return it to its roots, when it produced a slate of musical- and dance-based pics, including “West Side Story” and “Fame.”

“‘Move’ fits perfectly with the legacy of United Artists, which has made some of the most iconic dance films in Hollywood,” said 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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