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'Footloose' Loses Director Kenny Ortega

'Footloose' Loses Director Kenny Ortega

Director Kenny Ortega has pulled out of the Paramount Pictures flick Footloose due to tone and budget.

Variety reports Ortega wanted to make a $30 million picture with elaborately-staged musical numbers while the studio wanted an edgier $25 million drama with less emphasis on the musical numbers.

Production is still expected to start in March with Gossip Girl hunk Chace Crawford and Dancing with the Stars alum Julianne Hough.

Ortega, who choreographed Dirty Dancing and directed the High School Musical franchise, also directed the new Michael Jackson movie This is It, out this Friday (October 28).

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  • pup

    That movie is cursed. First Efron bails, now he leaves. Pfft.

  • alexa

    good i really don’t want it to be some stupid teeny bopper high school musical franchise thing.
    i’m glad paramount wants it to be edgier, although no matter what Chace will make it amazing.

  • lisa

    this movie is gonna suck now. good luck to chace

  • boink

    haha chase sucks hardcore, pathetic pretty boy actor

  • dictburgaler

    Chase is the hottest girl on Gossip Girl

  • Teamtaylor&beyonce

    I Love Kenny Ortega! That’s really too bad for the movie that he won’t be directing it anymore…oh well, let’s hope they can make it work anyway!

  • oops

    Bad news for the project.

  • Dawn9476

    Can this lead to the scrapping of the whole project? There is only one Footloose and its the one with Kevin Bacon.

  • celia

    Wow…this movie is going to suck. Not only are the two “stars” lame and boring…they just lost the ONLY talented person connected to the film. Sucks for Paramount.

  • Jillian

    Why are they even making this anyway? Chace is pretty but boring as hell.

  • Joanne

    they shouldn’t even remake this in the first place. leave it alone

  • LeviKlein

    Of course Ortega can afford to be a diva on this one. The man directed This is It, you think that he needs to worry about money now? Please.

    But I agree, this is really bad news for the projet. I don’t understand why they wanna remake it so badly.

  • christine

    SO, IS THIS WHERE ALL OF THE ECONOMY’S MONEY HAS BEEN GOING TO ?

  • anna

    the studio is just stupid! footloose is only footloose with the dancing! and he seems like a great choreographer!

  • coco

    This movie is in the toilet now – they might as well just flush it. They cut the budget because it is a crappy economy and they are strapped for cash so Ortega walked. Imagine how shocked they will be when the movie tanks and their profits don’t cover their costs. No one will see this movie except tweens that watch GG. I predict a stinker and big loss of dollars. Also, this movie will suck. They need original work to make money not remakes with no talent wannabes. Even Zac dumped this offer because he knows the obvious.

  • christine

    MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO MAKE A MOVIE, WHILE WELL-WORTH IT PROFESSIONALS WHO ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE W/ THEIR MINDS & HANDS R W/OUT JOBS.
    YOU WON’T SEE ME CONTRIBUTE TO THE FILM INDUSTY NOR THE FASION INDUSTRY. THEY R ALL 2 CLOSE-MINDED AND HYPOCRATES.

  • Saudia

    hahhha lolll this movie was going to bomb anyway.. geez .. Kenny is amazing, glad he was smart :)

  • http://thecollegehookup.com Jake

    I hope the movie still gets made, Does bacon want to direct?

  • Silver

    This movie is going to be terrible!

  • Taylor

    October 28 is on Wednesday, not Friday.

  • celine

    two of the reason i was going to watch this movie was because of zac efron and kenny ortega….hopefully this movie will still do well because julianne hough is in it and i love her. i honestly never thought chace was a very good replacement. maybe they will learn remakes are never the best idea

  • fan

    I think ever since Zac Efron pulled out of Footloose, Kenny Ortega was looking for a way out of it. I believe he really wanted to work with Zac again. He made HSM3 with only 13 million budget and Paramount is putting out $25 million, which is more than what he had to work with. He probably don’t have faith in Chase with the dancing part. Kenny is more into singing, dancing, and musical part of the movie than he is with the acting. Well, hopefully that they will find another director for the movie.

  • kat

    as long as julianne houghs in it im happy

  • xxx

    Chase isn’t a good actor… He will “act” in the exact same way as he does in GG…… he has no range…. he will be exactly the “Nate Archibald” in Footloose…. so that casting is already an epic failure.

    Will not see this, sick of all the LAME remakes, there is only one Footloose… the one with KEVIN BACON an actual ACTOR.

  • fjdk

    footloose should be focused on the choreography.. that is what it is about, it’s not a drama.. theyre going to ruin the movie. They just ruined this movie by letting kenney ortega walk

  • http://www.yahoo.com mykamicks

    I love Kenny Ortega, he already marks his craft in Dancing & Singing. I agree w/ you fan. Its not the whole budget thing is invloved in gracefully exiting on that job. Maybe he has another reasons.

    Well just goodluck to Chace & Julianne. I still give them benifit of the doubt doing this film would come great later w/o Kenny.

  • celia

    I spoke way too fast when I said Ortega was talented……

  • wWowW

    If Chace were smart, he’d bail on this now. He gets $50,000 an episode for Gossip Girl…that MORE than enough for his “talent.” Julianne’s shooting that Burlesque movie with Christina Aguilera, she can find another role I’m sure. This Footloose remake needs to just cut loose, footloose…and never come back.

  • Deb

    Once Efron left this movie was doomed.

  • bobby burger

    this movie sucks so much already. they should cast dawn ostroff and eric kripke, I’m sure they’re great dancers.

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