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Footloose dances back

Hot on the shiny heels of Hairspray comes yet another film-musical-musical film translation.

Clearly looking to cash in on the musical resurgence led by Chicago and its own Dreamgirls, Paramount is shoving a musical version of Footloose on to the development dance floor.

The 1984 original starred Kevin Bacon as Ren McCormack, a rebellious newcomer who shakes up a town where dancing has been banned. Now Hairspray and High School Musical star Zac Efron is in talks to take the Bacon role, while director Kenny Ortega, best known for directing To Wong Foo and choreographing Dirty Dancing.

Let’s hope this remake turns out better than Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights – that one had two left feet…