Zac Efron Is No Longer “Footloose”

Out in Sydney the other week to promote “17 Again”, one question that Zac Efron kept being asked by the local press what how was the remake of “Footloose” coming along.

Not well according to The Wrap which today reports that the “High School Musical” hunk has pulled out of Paramount’s planned remake of the 1984 musical teen hit. The reason? He wants to be known for being more than a “cute song-and-dance man”.

A senior member of the production team said Efron told the studio last week that he did not want to do another musical at this point in his career – “People had been working on this project since last July — we were all shocked.”

It was enough that the studio put out an official statement saying the show will carry on with someone else – “Footloose is a project we’ve longed to see re-booted for a new generation. While Zac is no longer attached, we remain excited and committed to the collective brain trust of Kenny Ortega, Neil Meron and Craig Zaden, who will reinvigorate the franchise.”

The $20+ million project was slated to begin shooting this spring in Atlanta, no word on its new schedule as yet.