Zac Efron cuts loose from 'Footloose' remake

Zac Efron has pulled out of the starring role in Paramount’s remake of the 1984 movie musical Footloose. Paramount issued the following statement, insisting that plans for the project are still full steam ahead, with or without Efron: “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.” However, there are rumblings that unless the filmmakers — which include Efron’s High School Musical director, Ortega — can come up with an equally magnetic and bankable song-and-dance dude, the project may be put on hold.

As for Efron, who spent more than a year and a half attached to the project, sources
say the High School Musical phenom had been advised to hold off on doing another
musical until he’d established more versatility in a variety of genres.
Basically, nobody wants to be pigeonholed that early in their career.
Efron has worked hard over the past year to take on projects that
showcase a broad range, beginning with a dramatic role as a wide-eyed
climber in Richard Linklater’s Me and Orson Welles (which debuted at
last year’s Toronto Film Festival but has yet to nail down
distribution) and the upcoming New Line comedy, Seventeen Again,
in
which he plays a 38-year-old guy in the body of a teenager. “I think
the hardest thing about being young and in the business is that a lot
of opportunities present themselves and there’s no road map,” Efron
told EW in an interview last fall. “A lot of people want to give you
their opinion, which can be based on their own personal gain. I’ve made
it my priority to follow my gut feeling. You know when something’s
cheesy and you know when something’s a sell out movie and you know when
a project feels right.”


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  • angeljake

    Thats too bad. It sounded promising.

  • angeljake

    Thats too bad it sounded promising.

  • heather

    i do not see him as ren. kevin bacon is so wonderful in the original. i would have hated to see it ruined by efron.

  • Dena

    I can’t think of a person more perfect for this role than Derek Hough. He would be better than Zac Efron ever thought about being. He has fans of all ages from DWTS. He’s a phenomenal singer and dancer and he already played Ren in Footloose in London. He’s perfect!!

  • jw

    1 – Why are we remaking “Footloose.”
    2 – And is something a “franchise” if there was only one movie?

  • Jamie

    In 5 years he’s going to be working at Denny’s. He should take roles while he can get them. What a snot.

    • Liz

      What a stupid comment. It’s been 3 years already. In 2 more get ready to eat your words.

  • jen

    great, now the movie can continue getting flack on its own. he certainly doesn’t need that.

  • entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com

    To walk away from the project after people have worked on it for a Year and a half is wrong, unless the script was awful, which is my best guess why he did it.

    http://www.entertainmenttodayandbeyond.com/

    chuck

  • Ashley

    I feel like he probably just signed up because he likes Kenny Ortega so much, but if the script is terrible then he shouldn’t do it.

  • Kaiulani

    I hope this means the project will just go away. We do not need to remake “Footloose”. Can’t anyone come up with an original storyline these days?

  • Lisa

    Derek Hough would be perfect for this. He has a great voice and there isn’t a better dancer out there. He was Ren in London in the West End and I read he was amazing.

  • whatever

    don’t do footloose zac, but go ahead and do seventeen again–that would drive your movie career down the drain, lol!!!

  • pip

    This was a smart move for Zac. Since he had script approval, the script must not have been very good and that way he bailed. The producers has a year and half to come up with a decent script and they didn’t do it.

  • Jen

    Let the project RIP. The original Footloose is perfect. I am an 80s child but am getting sick to death of all the remakes already.

  • no biggie

    Probably didn’t care for the script casting timing etc.

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