Kenny Ortega Drops Out Of ‘Footloose’

The upcoming Footloose remake seems to be losing some major street cred.

First, High School Musical star Zac Efron dropped out of the film. He was replaced by Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.

Now, famed HSM director Kenny Ortega has said sayonara to the project, which begins filming in March, due to reported issues about the tone and budget of the dance flick, according to Variety.

This surprising announcment comes less than week before Ortega’s next directing project, the Michael Jackson concert film This Is It, hits theaters for a limited run.

In  new statement to E! News, Paramount Pictures explained,

“Coming off of the extraordinary project, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, director Kenny Ortega has decided it is premature for him to commit to his next film and will not be moving forward with Footloose as previously reported.”

Will you still be checking out Footloose when it hits theatres next year?