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‘Footloose’s Kenny Wormald In John Stockwell’s ‘Kid Cannabis’

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 5:07pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Kenny Wormald and Jonathan Daniel Brown have been set to star in Kid Cannabis, a fact-based indie about two guys who smuggle pot between the borders of Idaho and British Columbia. Wormald got his break playing Ren (the Kevin Bacon role) in the Footloose remake while Brown starred in Project X. Stockwell wrote the script for Kid Cannabis, based on a Rolling Stone article. Stockwell’s Code Name Geronimo, a drama about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, sold in a big Cannes deal to The Weinstein Company. TWC plans to release in early fall, putting the film before the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Zero Dark Thirty, a drama on the same subject which Sony Pictures will release December 19. Wormald is repped by UTA and Caliber Media, Brown by CAA and Black Box Management and Stockwell by ICM Partners.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Footloose’ Reboot

Mike Fleming

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?

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Hot Trailer: ‘Footloose’ Reboot

Mike Fleming

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.

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Craig Brewer Makes ‘Tarzan’ Deal, Writing Ape Man Saga As Trilogy

By | Thursday June 2, 2011 @ 9:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has locked Craig Brewer into a deal to write and direct a new installment of Tarzan. Brewer has come up with a take that tells the Tarzan story over three films. He hopes the first one will be his next directing assignment. Warner Bros, which has been stymied in watching several attempts to relaunch the  Edgar Rice Burroughs-created hero die on the vine, separately has screenwriter Adam Cozad working on a script that tells a different version of the man raised by apes in the jungles of Africa from infancy. Cozad’s recent work includes the Jack Ryan reboot and Archangel, the pic that has Tron: Legacy‘s Joseph Kosinski attached. How the studio decides which film to make remains to be seen, but clearly Warner Bros is determined to revive a live action Tarzan.  This is a passion project for Brewer, who is in demand after directing the remake of Footloose for Paramount, and chose this over other opportunities. Jerry Weintraub is producing with Alan Riche and Tony Ludwig. Tarzan has been a fixture of films since the Depression, most notably in the series of films that starred Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller.

Brewer, whose Footloose will be released October 14 with newcomers Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough starring, last directed Black Snake Moan and Hustle & Flow. He’s repped by WME.

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WME Signs ‘Alien’ Visualist H.R. Giger, Young Thesps Kenny Wormald, Landon Liboiron

By | Tuesday March 8, 2011 @ 10:00am PST
Mike Fleming

WME has signed Oscar-winning veteran designer and artist H.R. Giger, Footloose remake star Kenny Wormald, and Landon Liboiron, who’ll star in the Steven Spielberg-produced Fox series Terra Nova.

Giger is the Swiss surrealist artist responsible for the groundbreaking visuals on the Ridley Scott-directed Alien, for which he won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. Giger, who has his own museum filled with his work in Switzerland, will be repped by WME for film, TV and vidgame design work along with Section 9 Entertainment. He has been very selective in the projects he’s done. Les Barany remains the agent for his art work. Read More »

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Paramount Moves ‘Footloose,’ Slots ‘Paranormal Activity 3′

Mike Fleming

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.

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Paramount Discovery Toplines ‘Footloose’

Mike Fleming

KennyEXCLUSIVE: 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 … Read More »

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