Paramount moves on 'Footloose' with Zac Efron

by Joey Paur

This is just getting out of hand. 'High School Musical 3' makes $42 million bucks this weekend, so Paramount puts 'Footloose' on the fast track with Zac Efron who's claim to fame is 'High School Musical'. I guess Paramount sees him as a money maker though for an actor that has barely broken out in Hollywood he is going to get a pretty damn good deal. He will be given a mid-seven-figure salary AND script approval. Like he knows what a good script is. 

Variety Reports:

The studio has brought on "Nick and Norah'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.

Unlike "HSM3," "Footloose" will aim for an older teen and adult demo. 

So far the one good thing 'Footloose' has going for it is Peter Sollett. 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' was an amazing movie. It will be interesting to see what he does with the film. It looks like it will end up being a musical as well.

the studio is working on new songs that will complement some of the memorable original tunes. Though the Herb Ross-directed film wasn't a musical, screenwriter Dean Pitchford wrote lyrics for songs that included the Kenny Loggins title song as well as "Let'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.

I really have no interest in 'Footloose' and Zac Efron is becoming more and more overrated. Any htoughts on the matter? Please share them.