Get ready to kick off your Sunday shoes and engage in the sinful art of dance, because Zac Efron's "Footloose" will be here before you know it. According to Variety, Paramount has put the remake on the fast track to production after watching the millions roll in for "High School Musical 3” this weekend.
They're hoping to get Efron and director Kenny Ortega (another factor in the success of "HSM 3”) working by spring. They've brought in Peter Sollett, director of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," to rewrite Jon Hartmere's script, and hired musical movie veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to come aborad as producers. They're sparing no expense with this one.
"Footloose" is aiming for an adult and older teen demo, though I suspect they'll have a hard time with those of us who still remember the original. (It's never been a favorite, but it's pretty eerie to see movies from your childhood remade so soon!) It won't be a pure remake, as Paramount plans to update it, and has commissioned new songs to be written.
But those of you who still rock out to Kenny Loggins (stand up and be proud!) will be pleased to know that a few of his originals will stay in the film. "Footloose" boasted one of the biggest soundtracks of the 1980s -- you can't just toss out "Holding Out for a Hero" and expect the same kind of magic.
Let's hear it from the Efron fans. Are you excited to see him dancing across your screen again? Do you think he can fill Kevin Bacon's shoes? And what about those who cherish the original movie -- is a remake just blasphemy to you?