There is no planned release date for Footloose now that High School Musical star Zac Efron and director Kenny Ortego quit the project.
Efron reportedly quit because he feared being typecast into musicals. Oh No!
As it stands now, Chace Crawford is still expected to replace Efron as the lead role, which was played by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original. When work began on the picture, the hope was to premiere June 18. But without a director, there’s no way that’s going to happen now.
For the younger viewers out there in Wi-Fi land who aren’t familiar with the original movie, Footloose is about a bunch of teens in a small southern town that take a stand, Dammit!, against the local ordinance that prohibits dancing.
Obvious the premise is weak and the story line is crap, but there’s tons O’ money to be made by targeting teeny-boppers, simple-minded people and pedophiles by thowing in hormone-charged sex appeal. The original wasn’t among the “Brat Pack” series aimed at younger viewers, so the director who inherits this giant turd and dumbs it down some (is that possible?) will try to pass it off as original and artistic. The only relief is we won’t have another trite Kenny Loggins’ theme song. And yet, I just threw up in my mouth a little bit thinking about which Kiddie Pop crap “artist” would do the remake of the song, which was horrible to begin with.
It goes something like this:
“Uh-oh-oh-oh-ow – Get Footloose. Uh-oh-oh-oh-oh – Get Footloose.”
And if this movie gets made, we open up the flood gates for retreads of even worse movies from that era – Beat Street, Breakin,’ Dirty Dancing (but a teeny-bopper version), and Fame. Oh wait, they already did that one again.