EXCLUSIVE: Miles Teller, who starred in the Footloose remake (he played the role that Chris Penn originated) and then starred in Rabbit Hole and Project X, will star alongside Shailene Woodley in the James Ponsoldt-directed The Spectacular Now. Pic is based on the Tim Tharp novel, and Teller plays a charming and popular high school senior who lives for the moment and as a project begins to date a social outcast and realizes he has the power to permanently impact someone’s life. Tom McNulty, Billy Rosenberg and Dan Cohen are producing, and production begins this summer in Athens, Ga. Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber wrote the script.
I’ve heard that Teller is also being eyed by Sony Pictures for the primary role in The Kitchen Sink, a genre script that has a lot of heat on it at the studio. Not bad for a kid who came out of NYU and went right into Rabbit Hole opposite Nicole Kidman. Teller’s repped by CAA and Bold Management.
TiVo’s been looking for patterns among DVR viewers who speed through certain ads — and Alex Petrilli Jr, Senior Manager of Audience Research, says that when it comes to box office sales, “the fast forward rate seems to tell a story.” In the more than 40% of all households with a DVR, viewers tend to zap ads for films they don’t plan to go out to see. That could indicate trouble ahead for Summit Entertainment’s The Three Musketeers, which opens October 21. About 20% of DVR users sped through ads for Musketeers during the week that ended September 25, TiVo says. That made the action film the week’s second-most-zapped campaign after FilmDistrict’s Drive, where 24.6% fast-forwarded through the ads. But the data should encourage executives behind DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots, which opens October 28: Only 11.7% sped through its ads, making it the second-least-zapped campaign among the 15 most advertised films — behind Sony’s Courageous, which a mere 9.9% decided to ignore. Just 13.7% used the remote to avoid the ads for Paramount’s Footloose, which opens October 14, making it the week’s third-least-avoided campaign. As a result, Puss and Footloose are “trending to open pretty well” Petrilli says. The data comes from TiVo’s StopWatch ratings service, which is an anonymous daily sample of 375,000 TiVo subscribers.
It’s been a busy week for Hollywood studios settling on release dates. Here’s what’s happened:
Unauthorized, Sundance Now, Oct. 7**
Puss In Boots, DreamWorks Animation, Oct. 28 (Nov. 4)
Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, Paramount, Dec. 16 sneak previews (Dec. 21*)
The Adventures of Tintin, Paramount, Dec. 21 (Dec. 23)
War Horse, DreamWorks/Touchstone/Disney, Dec. 25 (Dec. 28)
The Lucky One, Warner Bros, April 20, 2012 (Aug. 12, 2012)
Argo, Warner Bros, Sept. 14, 2012 (–)
Gangster Squad, Warner Bros, Oct. 19, 2012 (–)
Paramount has unveiled a marketing plan to raise awareness for its Footloose remake. The studio will host exclusive free advance screenings of director Craig Brewer’s update in 26 theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, Sept. 30 — two weeks ahead of the film’s Oct. 14 nationwide release. Los Angeles, New York and Toronto are among the cities to get the screenings of the movie, which stars Kenny Wormwald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. The promotion, which Paramount is calling “Footloose Friday,” encourages fans to get the word out following the sneak peeks via Twitter in hopes that those moviegoers eager to turn out for the freebie are the same ones that are fans of the franchise and therefore more likely to react positively.
Paramount Pictures has released its second trailer for the Craig Brewer-directed reboot of Footloose. The first trailer featured scenes that were very similar to the original film and the response from Deadline readers was less than enthusiastic. This trailer seems to have a bit more energy and showcases the film’s leads, Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, who are playing the roles originated by Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in the 1984 original. Better?
Paramount Pictures has released a trailer for Footloose, the remake of the 1984 film that launched Kevin Bacon’s career. The film, directed by Craig Brewer and starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid, will be released Oct. 14. In the trailer, I recognized many of the plot beats and scenes I remembered from the original, but 27 years later, the target isn’t fossils like me who recall these things.
Paramount has moved its Footloose remake from an April 1, 2011 release date to October 14, 2011.The Craig Brewer-directed remake stars newcomer Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. At the same time, the studio has slotted Paranormal Activity 3 for release on October 21, 2011. The picture proved to be no Blair Witch Project flash in the pan, as Paranormal 2 dominated the Halloween period previously owned by the Saw franchise.
EXCLUSIVE: After testing more than 1,000 males for the lead role of Ren McCormack in the remake of Footloose, Paramount Pictures is setting Kenny Wormald, a 25-year old trained dancer, from Boston, to star in a film that begins production almost immediately. I’m hearing he will star alongside Julianne Hough, and that Dennis Quaid will play Reverend Shaw Moore, the heroine’s strict father who’s trying to uphold a town ban on dancing. Craig Brewer is directing a script that he wrote based on the 1984 original Dean Pitchford script. Wormald previously starred in the little-seen film Center Stage. He and Hough are real dancers, and the plan is to take full advantage.
This completes a lot of movement on a property that seems such a strong candidate for an update.The project began with plans for Kenny Ortega to direct his High School Musical star Zac Efron. Then Efron wanted to distance himself from dance fare, and the studio focused on Gossip Girls hunk Chace Crawford. A search for the right heroine led to Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars, who was set into a holding deal and then spent months going off and honing acting skills that left the studio greatly impressed. Right as his Michael Jackson documentary This is It! became a hit, Ortega had creative differences with the studio. He left, and Paramount set Craig Brewer, best known for Hustle and Flow. Even he was touch and go, as …