After spending the last couple of years developing it â€“ code for â€˜just in case this is the worst idea weâ€™ve ever had, letâ€™s leave it for a whileâ€™ â€“ Paramount are said to have fast-tracked the â€œFootlooseâ€ remake.
As previously announced, â€œHairsprayâ€ moppet Zach Efron will play the lead.
Variety says the success of Efron and director Kenny Ortegaâ€™s â€œHigh School Musical 3â€ over the weekend spurred them to begin production immediately on the remake, but personally, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s more to do with the looming SAG strike than anything.
The studio hopes to get the film â€“ which, by the way, Kevin Bacon has apparently given the thumbs up to â€“ before the cameras next spring.
The studio has brought on “Nick and Norahâ€™s Infinite Playlist” director Peter Sollett to rewrite the Jon Hartmere script and hired Craig Zadan and Neil Meron to join Dylan Sellers as producer.
While Sollett rewrites the Hartmere script, the studio is working on new songs that will complement some of the memorable original tunes. Though the Herb Ross-directed film wasnâ€™t a musical, screenwriter Dean Pitchford wrote lyrics for songs that included the Kenny Loggins title song as well as “Letâ€™s Hear It for the Boy,” “Almost Paradise” and “Holding Out for a Hero.” At least some of those tunes are expected to be in the new movie.