Jan 21, 2011

Images from the new movie Footloose (remake)

I managed to find three new images from Craig Brewer’s upcoming remake of Footloose that we haven’t seen yet. The last first look we saw of the film was in October of last year ,where we saw the prom photo image that looked like the original movie. One of the images I found on a Paramount press site, so it may just be a publicity image for star Kenny Wormwald, while the other two are from the film featuring Julianne Hough. The LA Times previewed one of the photos and even had an interview with Craig Brewer to talk about the film. But first things first I have always wondered why the director of musical infused movies like“Black Snake Moan” and “Hustle & Flow” would be interested in Footloose. In a statement back when the cast was announced Brewer said,
“I saw ‘Footloose’ in my hometown theater when I was 13-years-old and it rocked my world. It was a teenage rebellion movie that explored the struggles of faith and family in a small town, and it had an awesome soundtrack. I can promise ‘Footloose’ fans that I will be true to the spirit of the original film. But I still gotta put my own Southern grit into it and kick it into 2011,” said Brewer. “It’s going to be a blast!”
Brewer then elaborated more on that when he spoke to the LA times. He told them that it was the scene where Kevin Bacon is jumping around doing all the gymanist moves in the warhouse to “Never” by Moving Pictures.
“For me, that’s the coolest thing I ever saw…I know people can laugh at me and look at the tight jeans and big hair, but I wasn’t seeing that the first time I saw it. I saw a guy all over the place. He’s getting hurt. He’s a little bit sweaty and gritty. That’s the reason I did this movie. I’m doing the … angry dance.”
As far as the music which is just as iconic as the scene that Brewer points out, he told the paper, the music from the original will be heavily integrated into the remake. They tell us “expect to hear renditions — or maybe even exact copies — of Kenny Loggins’ theme song and Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.”
Also for those who didn’t know there was a wide swath of submissions from all kinds of musical artists submitted for Brewer to sift through. There will be a new interpretation of Shalamar’s “Dancing in the Sheets” from Brewer’s rapper friend David Banner, and possibly a new version of the love song “Almost Paradise,” first performed by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson. The Times then asks one really great question, is the idea of a dry town, a storyline that legally prohibits dancing, too quaint and old-fashioned for today’s world? Brewer doesn’t think so.
“It’s not inconceivable to turn on CNN and see some horrible wreck that involved high school seniors after a dance. It happens every year. If I was a parent at that school, and they issued a bunch of rules, I, unfortunately, see myself falling right in line with it.”
Footloose will be released in theaters later this year on Oct 14, 2011. The film stars, Kenny Wormwald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Miles Teller, Andy McDowell and Patrick John Flueger.
Writer/Director Craig Brewer delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, “Footloose.” Ren MacCormack (Wormald) 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 (Dennis Quaid) 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 (Hough) in the process.

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