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'Footloose' trailer hits: Ren McCormack is reborn

June 22, 2011 |  3:15 pm

The 1980s have been kind to Hollywood as of late. Sony Pictures scored big with "The Karate Kid" and Warner Bros. had enough success with "Clash of the Titans" to greenlight a sequel. Paramount is now hoping that nostalgia for the decade of acid-washed jeans and big hair still reigns supreme in October when the studio unveils Craig Brewer's ("Hustle & Flow") faithful adaptation of 1984's "Footloose" -- the film that launched Kevin Bacon's career.

Brewer, best known for his music-soaked films, stayed very true to the original film. The director, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things "Footloose," made it clear that he's trying to recreate the cult classic and has strayed little from the Dean Pitchford film. He's even throwing in Deniece Williams'  "Let's Hear it for the Boy" and other original tunes in the updated flick.

The big question is whether or not fans of the original want to see "Footloose" redone and if new, younger audiences will find the remake fresh enough to buy movie tickets. Clearly, as you can tell by the trailer, featured below, Paramount is looking for both audiences. We'll have to wait till October to see if the film is more "Karate Kid" and less "Fame," MGM's ill-fated remake that failed to connect with moviegoers.

 --Nicole Sperling

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