Paramount fast-tracks Footloose

Paramount has decided that what the world needs is a new version of Footloose – with High School Musical’s Zac Efron in the lead.

It’s been in the works for a while, but with Musical’s third outing opening big this past weekend, Efron seems the natural choice to slip into Kevin Bacon’s quick-moving shoes.

Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett is rewriting the script, which High School Musical helmer Kenny Ortega will direct, says Variety .

New songs

While some of the 1984 original’s tracks (including Holding Out For A Hero) are likely to be kept in, the studio is working on new songs for the fresh take.

Yes, Efron’s finally mind-warped every tween he can – now he’s after the rest of us, with nostalgia as his weapon.