Since the third High School Musical movie twinkled its toes so well in the box office, Paramount has decided that now is the right time to dig up the corpse of Kevin Bacon's former glory and fast-track a "re-imagining" of the 1984 classic, "Footloose" with Zach Effron in the lead role.
According to Variety, the studio is bringing on "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" director Peter Sollett to do re-writes of the script, and new songs are carefully being constructed no-doubt by a team of corporate rainmakers:
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.
Paramount is clearly hoping that Zach Effron will be the next Kevin Bacon and turn into a big star. But is the world REALLY ready for another ridiculous musical?