While covering the red carpet for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, we were able to get a few minutes with Craig Brewer to discuss his upcoming remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon dance flick, Footloose. While a remake of a gimmicky teen movie isn’t something that Collider would normally be excited for, Footloose stands a better than average chance of standing out thanks to the ample talents of Brewer, who has made a name for himself by crafting films that transcend their tawdry premises with detailed character work and stellar cinematography.
During the interview we discussed what attracted Brewer to the project, the shift from musical numbers to dance numbers, the racial politics of his upcoming Tarzan reboot, the future of his other projects including Mother Trucker and Hustle & Flow 2, and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
- Brewer explains his personal experiences with Footloose and how his fatherhood attracted him to the project.
- 1:55 — Brewer discusses the racial tensions present within Tarzan and how he plans on approaching them. Says the movie he wants to make is a love story.
- 3:10 — Brewer discusses the dance sequences in Footloose and promises a great new, “Angry Dance” set to The White Stripes.
- 5:00 – Brewer discusses the musical styles that will appear in the film.
- 5:45 – Brewer gives an update on Mother Trucker and a brief synopsis of Hustle & Flow 2