Writer/Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, Footloose. Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny 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 (Julianne Hough) in the process.
Footloose Release Date
In Theaters October 14, 2011
Starring: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, Dennis Quaid
Written by: Craig Brewer, Jon Hartmere
Directed by: Craig Brewer
Produced by: Neil Meron, Dylan Sellers, Craig Zadan, Brad Weston
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
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Watch Kevin Bacon Prove He Can Still Dance In Jimmy Fallon's Hilarious Footloose Parody
As you can see above, the clip in question is more like a Saturday Night Live sketch than anything else. It features Fallon talking about how dancing has been banned at The Tonight Show, much to the annoyance of the crowd.
by Mack Rawden March 22, 2014 comments
Dirty Dancing Remake Gets A Release Date From Lionsgate
And who do you cast? Rumors swirled that Footloose star Kenny Wormald was circling the part of Johnny, made famous by the late Patrick Swayze. It’s a thankless job, as anyone who lands in the gig will be compared (unfavorably) to Swayze. But Wormald took the Bacon criticisms in stride, then proved to everyone he can act AND dance.
by Sean O'Connell November 3, 2011 comments
Kevin Bacon Gives The Footloose Remake The Thumbs-Up
As remakes go, Footloose did a fine job of capturing the spirit of the original film, and also managed to boost the dancing to match the talent movie-goers have come to expect thanks to movies like the Step Up series. Kevin Bacon, who starred as Ren McCormack in the original film, weighed in on the remake and it looks as though the new Footloose is now Bacon-approved.
by Kelly West October 25, 2011 comments
Footloose Edges Out Real Steel For #1 In Early Box Office Numbers
It's remake season at the box office this weekend, and for once, the lack of originality seems to be hurting them. Yes, early Friday numbers have Footloose edging ahead of Real Steel to win the weekend, with $5.4 million yesterday over the $4.4 million for the boxing robots
by Katey Rich October 15, 2011 comments
How Director Craig Brewer Found Out Jack White Is A Footloose Fan
There are many notable scenes in Herbert Ross' 1984 film Footloose, but few are more iconic than Kevin Bacon's "angry dance" in the warehouse. Needless to say, it was a scene that director Craig Brewer had to get right in his remake, which comes out tomorrow. But instead of using the song "Never" by Moving Pictures, which was featured in the original, Brewer instead decided to go with "Catch Hell Blues" by The White Stripes.
by Eric Eisenberg October 13, 2011 comments
Footloose Soundtrack Battle: Which One Will Make You Cut Loose?
Footloose, and its signature songs, are making a comeback in the Aughts thanks to Craig Brewer’s in-tune remake. As with Herbert Ross’s original, the tunes are integrated into the fiber of Brewer’s film, from the opening beats of Kenny Loggins’ title track to … well, Blake Shelton’s barn-burning cover of the same tune that closes out the film. In between, Brewer introduced new versions of Footloose classics
by Sean O'Connell October 13, 2011 comments
This Rotten Week: Predicting Footloose, The Big Year And The Thing Reviews
It’s week two of the Rotten Challenge verse Nate, a.k.a. this dude who showed up in the Comments section. Week one was a clear victory. Week two, not so much, but man if it wasn’t close. I’m even tempted to call it a tie (but I’m sure he won’t want to). This week we’ve got bird watching, feet loosening, aliens invading and Doug prevailing
by Doug Norrie October 9, 2011 comments
Footloose Star Kenny Wormald Could Play Johnny Castle In The Dirty Dancing Remake As Well
Wormald, who has never acted before and was cast largely for his dancing ability, would be smart to find another dance-centric role to keep showing off his talents. You may already be thinking of the obvious answer, and don't worry, Hollywood apparently is too. Moviehole's Clint Morris passes on a rumor that "He's one of the names being tossed around as a possible Johnny Castle for the Dirty Dancing remake"
by Katey Rich October 3, 2011 comments
Catch A Free Sneak Preview Of Footloose In Theaters This Friday
Paramount is showing what might be their biggest show of faith in the movie yet. This Friday, in 26 theaters across the country, they're holding free advance screenings of the movie, scheduled 6 pm Pacific, 7 pm Central and 8 pm Eastern time. You have to RSVP at the Footloose Friday website and pick your city, but if you live in any major city odds are there's a screening near you
by Katey Rich September 27, 2011 comments
Footloose Clip Reveals The Rules About Dancing And Bandanas
Chris Penn had some of the best scenes in the original Footloose. A sidekick by nature, he was opinionated, he couldn’t dance, and he didn’t know who Men at Work were, but he was honest and proved to be a loyal friend. Miles Teller has some big shoes to fill if his Willard is going to live up to the original. Judging by this video, he'll be just fine in the role.
by Kelly West September 8, 2011 comments
Second Footloose Trailer Ramps Up The Percussion, Sex And Danger
The constant, percussive soundtrack over the trailer emphasizes both that this is a dance movie-- as if the shots of star Kenny Wormald writhing alone in a warehouse didn't tell you-- and one about tension, as newcomer Ren McCormack arrives in town and challenges the strait-laced elders who run Bomont, Tennessee.
by Katey Rich August 12, 2011 comments
Footloose Soundtrack Mixes New Material With Songs From Original Film
Craig Brewer’s allegedly gritty take on Herbert Ross’s dancing classic lands in theaters first (it opens on Oct. 14), and Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville just pulled back the curtain on the remake’s soundtrack, which will feature new material and fresh cuts of familiar tracks.
by Sean O'Connell August 11, 2011 comments
Interview: Craig Brewer Promises His Footloose Remake Is Dirtier, Better Than You're Expecting
What on earth was Paramount thinking handing this family-friendly remake over to the guy who chained Christina Ricci to a radiator and helped Three Six Mafia win an Oscar for a song called "Hard Out Here For A Pimp." But wait, Brewer asked me, and says he asked the Paramount executives: When was the last time you saw Footloose?
by Katey Rich August 2, 2011 comments
Craig Brewer Describes His Take On Tarzan As A Romance, Like His With His Wife
Yes, that director of Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan is moving on to something else completely different. He's working on the script for Warner Bros., and while he's careful to say that his take is just one of several the studio is considering to revamp the man of the jungle,
by Katey Rich July 29, 2011 comments
Paramount Sashays 1984's Footloose To Blu-Ray
the company has decided to put out its first Blu-Ray copy of the 1984 flick on September 27. In order to entice you to purchase the Blu-Ray, Paramount is also including five brand new special features, mostly exploiting Kevin Bacon. In fact, Bacon’s initial screen test and a montage of the costumes the man wore in the film are the headliners.
by Jessica Grabert July 7, 2011 comments
First Trailer For Craig Brewer's Footloose Arrives Online
In the past few years, director Craig Brewer has done an amazing job creating projects that wonderfully bring the worlds of music and movies together. Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan both feature great performances, stunning soundtracks and, best of all, original stories. Sadly, while the first two are still up for grabs, we won't be able to say the last item about his newest film.
by Eric Eisenberg June 21, 2011 comments
Craig Brewer Wants To Reboot Tarzan As A Trilogy At Warner Bros.
A new version of the ape-man may swing into theaters as part of an updated adventure that would stretch over three films. The pitch comes from writer-director Craig Brewer, who is working with Warner Bros. on a rejuvenated Tarzan story that the studio plans to turn into a trilogy
by Sean O'Connell June 2, 2011 comments
Andie MacDowell Joins The Cast Of Craig Brewer's Footloose Remake
MacDowell was a prominent face during the 90s, but it feels as though it has been forever since we've seen her in a major film. Fortunately for fans, it looks as though she is ready to make her comeback,
by Eric Eisenberg August 25, 2010 comments
Unknown Kenny Wormald Chosen To Star In Footloose Remake
He looks charming and cute, and so long as he's got the dancing skills to back it up, they can probably pull together a movie around this guy
by Katey Rich June 22, 2010 comments
Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes And Audition For Footloose
Think you've got the abs and gyrating hips to make it work? Paramount probably wants you. A casting notice released by the studio reveals they're ooking for men 18 and older to play high school seniors in the film
by Katey Rich June 1, 2010 comments
Footloose Remake Gets Hustle And Flow
You probably don’t know who Craig Brewer is. If you did, then odds are he wouldn’t be stuck directing Footloose, he’d be making more incredible, original movies like Black Snake Moan or Hustle & Flow. But you didn’t show up to see those
by Josh Tyler April 13, 2010 comments
Coens' True Grit Gets Yuletide Release, Footloose Gets Canned
Well, pilgrim, you've got yourself just under a year to find yourself an eye patch, a cowboy hat and a six-shooter so you can roll up to the theater in full Rooster Cogburn gear and scare the shit out of anyone headed to see Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit remake.
by Will LeBlanc January 20, 2010 comments
This Is It Director Bails On Footloose Remake
Of course Ortega isn't the first key player to bounce on the project-- Zac Efron had to be replaced by Chace Crawford just a few months after he'd signed on
by Katey Rich October 26, 2009 comments
Footloose Is Dancing With The Stars
It was less than a month go that we first heard Dancing with the Stars regular Julianne Hough was trying out for a role in Footloose. She got it. Hough, a dancer who moonlights as a country music singer
by Josh Tyler June 21, 2009 comments
Julianne Hough Testing For Footloose
If I could say one thing to the producers of the upcoming Footloose remake it would be this: “No!” If I could say two things, then the second thing I would say is that just because a girl is pretty and can dance, does not mean she should be in Footloose
by Josh Tyler May 28, 2009 comments
Chace Crawford Is Kevin Bacon's Footloose Replacement
Paramount’s Footloose remake has a star and his name is Chace Crawford. At one point Zac Efron was rumored to be involved, but he bowed out to do something less silly. If Crawford is the biggest name they could land
by Josh Tyler May 20, 2009 comments