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Craig Brewer Officially Helming Footloose, But Crawford's Out

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April 13, 2010

Footloose / Craig Brewer

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?

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  • Henri
    A remake of Footloose huh? Yep, these are sad and desperate days in Hollywood.
  • Everybody cut footloose! As cheesy as it is, one of the good things about the original, is the way that no-one can relly dance that good but still enjoys getting down in the barn dance at the end. I imagine a remake will have everyone flipping fame style cartwheels and breakdancing the crap out of the place. Also how can recreate two of the greatest scenes in cinema history, the tractor duel and the warehouse teenage angst dance madness?
  • People's Champ
    Gotta be one of the worst ideas I have Ever heard.
  • Billy Peck
    As A Current Actor i would Be honored to play the part...No Joke Check out my facebook...and my acting headshots (Billy Peck, Ohio)
  • Robinglinskas
    "Footloose" will be amazing just like everything else Craig does is amazing. Robin de Barros

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