Back in March, Zac Efron dropped out of the upcoming Footloose remake because he was afraid of being typecast as a cute song-and-dance type (too late!). Now the film’s director is shuffling away from the project too. Kenny Ortega, who choreographed Dirty Dancing and directed all three High School Musicals, was fighting with Paramount over the budget (he wanted $30 million; the studio wants $25 million) and tone (he wanted cute and dance-y; the studio wants edgy and dramatic). So he decided to move on from Footloose and Paramount decided to bring in Robert Rodriguez.
Ortega exits Paramount’s ‘Footloose’ [Variety]