11 July 2007

Hollywood Is Desperate For New Ideas (The July 11th Edition)

Paramount dancing to 'Footloose'
Efron to star in Ortega remake

Paramount is plotting a musical remake of the 1984 film "Footloose" and will develop it for "High School Musical" star Zac Efron and director Kenny Ortega. Dylan Sellers will produce.
Ortega is in negotiations to helm and choreograph, and Efron is in talks to play Ren McCormack, the rebellious newcomer (originally played by Kevin Bacon) in a town where dancing has been banned.

Original was directed by Herb Ross and scripted by Dean Pitchford.

Plan is to turn the project into a full-blown musical. "Footloose" was already turned into a Broadway tuner.

The 19-year-old Efron made his breakthrough with the Ortega-directed Disney Channel teletuner "High School Musical" and just completed an Ortega-directed sequel with the original cast; a third installment is in the planning stages.

Efron makes his feature debut in "Hairspray," which New Line releases Friday.

From Variety

At some point this week, I'll write about something else. Honest.


Catherinette Singleton said...

I wonder what they'll come up with next? Or not come up with. . .

Belinda said...

No way! Can they really remake a movie that's only 23 years old? Kevin Bacon will always BE Footloose. Did you see him in that Will & Grace episode when Jack was stalking him? Soooooo hilarious when they break out in Footloose moves :o)

Cipher Theory said...

I just can't wait to see John Travolta do his Devine impression in the new, and I'm sure improved, Hairspray!