Craig Brewer Officially Helming Footloose, But Crawford's Out
by Ethan Anderton
April 13, 2010
Last October we reported that Hustle & Flow director Craig Brewer was in the running to direct the new musical adaptation of the 1984 film Footloose, starring Chace Crawford and Julianne Hough, after Kenny Ortega decided to leave the project. Variety has confirmed that he will be directing, but the project may not be good to go just yet as EW's Hollywood Insider says Crawford has backed out of the role Kevin Bacon played in the original, and the studio will probably cast an unknown, launching a nationwide search for the role. This doesn't bode well for a remake that doesn't seem all that necessary to begin with anyway.
Sources say that it was the "Gossip Girl" shooting schedule that created conflicts, but you would think this would've been worked out well before they brought him on board. His departure might have something to do with the fact that most everything has changed in the project's development since he signed on. Brewer was also hired to work on a rewrite (prompting the studio to throw out a previous re-write from Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant) which is apparently closer in story to the original story about a town that outlawed dance and music. Part of me thinks if this were a remake set in Afghanistan around the mid 90's, this would be one hell of a bold musical, but that's just not in the cards. Does anyone care about this film at all?