In another round of Hollywood remaking a movie that should be left alone, Paramount and High School Musical 3 director Kenny Ortega want to put High School Musical star Zac Efron in the role of Ren McCormack in a musical remake of Footloose.
After “High School Musical 3: Senior Year”, Hollywood newest hunk Zac Efron is likely to step into another musical role. Words are circulating in the media that “Senior Year” director Kenny Ortega wants the 20-year-old to take the lead role of the modern version of “Footloose”, insisting that Efron would be “perfect” for the role.
Revealing his desire to re-team with his Troy Bolton’s depicter, Ortega told BBC, “I think he’d be the perfect, perfect, perfect candidate to step in. I mean he’s got this global excitement, this wonderful know-how.” Further hinting that Efron may take the role once belonging to Kevin Bacon, the filmmaker then added, “He’s the perfect age, so versatile, and talented and dynamic. You know it’s hard for me to even imagine anybody that I think would be more perfectly suited.”
I don’t have an issue with the casting. When it comes to musicals for the younger set, Efron certainly seems the go-to guy of the moment. He has the right look, and could, on his own, probably make the movie a hit. Even Suri Cruise is rumored to have a crush on Zac Efron. Efron is very into being the Ren for a new generation, and in keeping musicals alive in general, and I’m all for that.
About the possible part in “Footloose” remake, the Nikki Blonsky’s co-star in “Hairspray” commented, “I’ll always be open to more musicals. I think they’re fun and I think it’s our responsibility as performers to try and keep them alive. I love Footloose – it’s a great movie.”
I’m not excited, however, about the trend of remaking movies that were hits only 20 years ago. I’m equally unimpressed with Footloose going the way of High School Musical. As far as movies go, Footloose would probably translate to the musical format well, it was a Broadway musical that was successful. But there’s a huge musical leap between, say, Chicago and High School Musical 1, 2 or 3. One is genuine musical genre, the other is kids bouncing around singing adsurd lyrics to unfortunate tunes. It has it’s place, but that place is the Disney channel, and needs to be kept away from classic teen movies of the 80′s.
Stay away from The Breakfast Club, Hollywood, I’m warning you.
Note by Celebitchy: Zac recently admitted that he’s been approached to take over for Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway production of Equus. This would mean that Efron would have to get fully nude on stage, too.
Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu are shown at the UK Premiere of “High School Musical 3 Senior Year” in London on 10/7/08. Credit: Lia Toby / WENN and Solarpix / PR Photos