Just last week we were talking about Zac Efron’s lead role in a vibrant, song-and-dance remake of Footloose, and now Entertainment Weekly has popped our colorful anticipation balloon with news that Efron pulled out of the film because he wants to establish more versatility with his acting career and feels one musical after another (High School Musical, Hairspray) isn’t going to help.
On Zac’s exit, Paramount (the studio behind the proposed remake) had this to say: "Footloose is a project we've longed to see re-booted for a new generation. While Zac is no longer attached, we remain excited and committed to the collective brain trust of Kenny Ortega, Neil Meron and Craig Zaden, who will reinvigorate the franchise. Their fresh take on the film will undoubtedly be filled with the same kind of breakout performances that we've come to expect from them."
I personally think it’s for the best, even though I’m not sure who they’d cast in the lead role now. (Can Robert Pattinson sing and dance – because he’s the only other actor with as much current "hot" appeal as Efron...) Zac, in my opinion, has the potential to become the next Brad Pitt. He knows it, we hide from it, but it’s all right there in his looks, his charm and his passion to take his career in a new direction. And if his indie turn in Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles is any indication, there’s definitely potential stuffed inside that chiseled package.
But now we need a new guy to strap on those Sunday shoes and dance the night away. Who should it be? What other young hot Hollywood boys have the legs and voice to carry this remake on their perfect little shoulders?
Do not remake Footloose, pleeeassssseeeeee. It's classic cheese, but there's no need to give it the old High School Musical spin. Wise move by Efron to distance himself from this thing, but that should clue the producers in to not tool with a time capsuled piece of perfection - back when Kevin Bacon looked exactly like he does now, and Christopher Penn was alive and thin.
"Welcome to the party, pal."
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
"When am I gonna learn how to punch?"
"These go to eleven."
"Benjamin, have you ever been severely beaten about the face & neck?"
"Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."
"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
"Jessica's got cable."
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