- Cast: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Ziah Colon, Ray McKinnon, Miles Teller, Ser'Darius William Blain, Patrick John Flueger, Andie MacDowell, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Jayson Warner Smith, Mary-Charles Jones, Josh Warren, Corey Flaspoehler, Brett Rice, Patricia French, Anessa Ramsey, Claude Phillips, Clayton Landey, L. Warren Young, John Still, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Jason Ferguson, Clay Chappell, Tony Vaughn, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Brian F. Durkin, D. Dylan Schettina, Staley Colvert, Daniel Burnley
- Director: Craig Brewer
- Writers: Dean Pitchford, Craig Brewer
- Producers: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Neil Meron, Dylan Sellers, Brad Weston, Craig Zadan
- Associate Producer: Patrick Rofoli
- Executive Producers: Timothy M. Bourne, Dean Pitchford
- Art Direction: Chris Cornwell
- Castings: Laray Mayfield, Julie Schubert
- Costume Design: Laura Jean Shannon
- D.O.P.: Amy Vincent
- Editor: Billy Fox
- Makeup: Vivian Baker
- Music: Deborah Lurie
- Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
- Set Decoration: Dena Roth
Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Georgia, USA
- MPAA Warning: Some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence and language
- Production Budget: $25 million
- Production Companies: Paramount Pictures, Dylan Sellers Productions, MTV Films, Spyglass Entertainment, Weston Pictures
- Production Schedule: September 2010 - November 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Another in the long line of useless remakes, this new incarnation is apparently a direct remake of the 1984 film rather than a film adaptation of the stage musical spawned from the original (ala "The Producers," "Hairspray"). Filmmaker Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") is co-writing and directing this new version in which the action has been moved from Texas to Tennessee, though it was actually shot in Georgia earlier this Fall on a budget of $25 million.
Zac Efron was attached for almost two years as the lead on the project with his "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega set to helm. Both left the project and Brewer came onboard to direct. Upon Efron's departure, "Gossip Girl" hunk Chace Crawford was slated to star but ended up backing out due to scheduling conflicts. Thomas Dekker was also apparently under consideration at one point.
Ultimately the role went to the relatively unknown Kenny Wormald, a professional dancer who has earned a commendable reputation from those in the industry who've worked with him. His largest credits to date have been several music videos and the lead role in the cable TV movie "Center Stage: Turn It Up". The female lead is Julianne Hough, who beat out the likes of Hayden Panettiere and Amanda Bynes.
Like the original, they'll be taking on the stick in the muds of a town that bans dancing and rock music. Yet can they tackle their biggest foe, indifference? "Footloose" hardly has the rosy nostalgia factor of "Grease" for example, those who do remember tend it see it more as a textbook example of 80's cinema (like "Flashdance") and rarely include on a list of their favourites films from that period."