Six degrees of…Zac Efron?

The Jonas Brothers aren’t the only ones with the movie buzz. Zac Efron is movin’ on up. And killing the classics on the way.

Guess what Paramount Pictures now wants to remake: Footloose. That’s right. The Kevin Bacon classic will now be put on the big screen again for a new generation. And guess who they want as the new Kevin Bacon. That’s right. Zac Efron.

Now, I’m not 100% opposed to Zac Efron. I think he has a decent amount of talent as compared to some of the other stars of High School Musical (can anyone say Corbin Bleu?). I saw him in Hairspray and didn’t find him half bad, and to be honest, of all the HSM people to grow, I’d root for him. He did turn down the CD offers after all.

But to remake Footloose. It just seems…too soon and unnecessary. Why can’t we come up with new premises? And what is going to make this original from the original? I hear they’re signing on Kenny Ortega of HSM fame to direct as well.

Now, don’t get me wrong. This isn’t for sure yet, but Paramount sure is trying. I just don’t understand WHY we need to remake and why we can’t find new things to write, film, and create. It’s just like the new news that the CW is looking to do a new version of Melrose Place, probably in the same light as the new 90210.

Is this payback for the writers’ strike or is it just fallout? I’m hoping neither. I should be more excited that they’re falling onto remakes and not more reality television. But going back to the classics? Footloose? What’s next? Recreating the brat pack with Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale, and the regulars from Wizards of Waverly Place?