Rarely does an item in the Daily Variety arouse such conflicted responses in me. But leave it to that irrepressible imp, Zac Efron, to make me all “yes sir no sir!” inside.
Paramount is plotting a musical remake of the 1984 film “Footloose” and will develop it for “High School Musical” star Zac Efron and director Kenny Ortega. Dylan Sellers will produce.
Ortega is in negotiations to helm and choreograph, and Efron is in talks to play Ren McCormack, the rebellious newcomer (originally played by Kevin Bacon) in a town where dancing has been banned.
Original was directed by Herb Ross and scripted by Dean Pitchford.
Plan is to turn the project into a full-blown musical. “Footloose” was already turned into a Broadway tuner.
The 19-year-old Efron made his breakthrough with the Ortega-directed Disney Channel teletuner “High School Musical” and just completed an Ortega-directed sequel with the original cast; a third installment is in the planning stages.
Efron makes his feature debut in “Hairspray,” which New Line releases Friday.
I don’t think I need to tell any of my loyal readers how much I enjoy the High School Musical. Zac Efron = dreamy (when he’s not berating you for missing the offramp), and Kenny Ortega is the Camp King of Cheesy Teen Drama. Put them together, and you have made-for-tv gold! Normally I would be elated at news of their third pairing.
But then, they had to go and mess with Footloose. Come on Paramount, have you no standards? No sense of decency? Perhaps when Hairspray flops spectacularly at the box office, Paramount will see the error of their re-imagining-classic-1980s-cinema-turned-Broadway-musicals-turned-back-into-cinema ways. Until then, I can only implore them to take a look at this clip and realize that no matter how adolescent-heart-throbby Zac Efron is, he is not Ren McCormack.