Zac Efron Headlining Footloose Revamp for Paramount
by Alex Billington
October 28, 2008
It looks like High School Musical isn't over yet! Zac Efron will star in a revival of Footloose to be directed by Hannah Montana and High School Musical director Kenny Ortega. Paramount is fast-tracking the project and has hired Nick and Norah director Peter Sollett to rewrite the 1984 film that starred Kevin Bacon. Those who are fans of the original production shouldn't be too worried - Paramount is making sure that this remake is aimed at older moviegoers rather than those that High School Musical caters to. Producer Dylan Sellers and Ortega have already put in 2 years of work into this musical.
Sollett will be adding a few new songs "that will complement some of the memorable original tunes." The original movie wasn't exactly a musical, but everyone is familiar with the song "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins and the feature was turned into a Broadway musical in 1998 anyway. Zac Efron's involvement in this will be quite extensive, including overseeing the script. If this turns out to be anything like Hairspray, which also starred Efron, then I'm in. I loved that film and wouldn't mind seeing Footloose get a similar revamp. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but the musical trend continues to strive in Hollywood.