See, we've talked about the upcoming Footloose remake here before. Back when, it starred Chace Crawford and Julianne Hough as new kid in tow Ren McCormack and rebellious preacher's daughter Ariel Moore, respectively. I even did a partial casting coup for it, with Kevin Spacey taking over the John Lithgow role and Felicity Huffman in the Dianne Wiest role.
Now, I know that no one will ever take the place of Kevin Bacon. The man is such a superb actor, and always has been. His Ren McCormack is one for the books, the reason why we remember that there was a movie called Footloose (all due respect to Wiest, who only has one big scene among a bunch of background smiling). But if there's to be a remake, I'm glad it's in the hands of Craig Brewer. For yes, ladies and gents, the man behind Hustle & Flow (featuring the deserved Oscar Nominee Terrence Howard and the shoulda-been-nom'd Taraji P. Henson) and Black Snake Moan (featuring Hollmann Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson) is now set to helm Footloose.
Last we checked, it was going to feature original songs, despite a musical version being readily available. I hope Brewer manages to convince the folks at Paramount to go that route, because I would pay 3D prices to see "Dancing is Not a Crime" on the big screen. If Cool as Ice has taught me anything, it's that white people should not rap. If Footloose: The Musical has taught me anything, it's that seeing white people rap is the most enjoyable entertainment since the Spice Girls. Let's not lose that novelty in the film version, Paramount. Be a sport.
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