"Hairspray" Star Efron Will Be "Footloose" in Film Remake
By Andrew Gans
Paramount is planning to remake the 1984 motion picture "Footloose," according to Variety.
Kenny Ortega, the industry paper reports, is currently in negotiations to direct and choreograph the project, which would cast Efron as Ren McCormack, the role originated on screen by Kevin Bacon. Although the 1984 film featured songs and dance sequences, the plan is to turn the picture into "a full-blown musical."
Footloose was also seen on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where it opened in October 1998, playing 18 previews and 709 regular performances before closing July 2, 2000. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the cast featured Jeremy Kushnier as Ren, the rebellious teenager who moves to a small town where dance is forbidden.
Dean Pitchford penned the 1984 film, which was directed by Herbert Ross. In addition to Bacon, the cast also featured Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Chris Penn, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Laughlin.
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