Mike Benzie, Yahoo! Atlanta Editor
The theatrical release for the trailer to the movie "Footloose" hit screens this weekend, and the 1:51 preview alludes to everything you might remember from the 1984 version. Dancing. Religion. Small town. Young romance. Disapproving father.
Says Dennis Quaid of the young city slicker from Boston, in full Georgia drawl (sort of): "I don't want you to date that boy again ... because I've heard he's trouble."
He must be, because he is wearing a tie and leather jacket, after all.
The remake was shot in Georgia over two and half months in 2010. It's likely to generate serious buzz as the fans of the Kevin Bacon version will be wondering how the new one stacks up. Other recently released or soon-to-be-released Georgia films include "The Change-Up" and "Wanderlust." "Contagion," starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet, filmed partially at the CDC and opens Sept. 9.
The new "Footloose" will open in theaters Oct. 14.
Hollywood's recent love affair with the Peach State looks to be healthy. According to the Georgia film office's Stefanie Paupeck, feature films on the verge of shooting here include "Flight," starring Denzel Washington and "Neighborhood Watch," starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. Recent major shoots have included a sequel to the "American Pie" movies with the original cast, the "Three Stooges" by the Farrelly brothers, and "Jayne Mansfield's Car," starring Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon. (Yes, Bacon is connected to this story twice.)
The plot for the new version of "Footloose" appears identical. A church leader (John Lithgow in 1984, Quaid in 2011) in a small town implements an ordinance that bans loud music and dancing. A rebel newcomer from out of town thinks that's crazy talk and begins to shake things up. Rivalries are formed, kisses are stolen and, presumably, endings are happy.
Here are some of the filming locations used in the film, according to Paupeck. See if you can spot some in the trailer: Osborne High School in Marietta, Starlight Drive-in in Atlanta, downtown Stone Mountain, Covington Courthouse, Senoia Raceway, warehouses in the West End and Loring Heights, Cowboys Bar in Kennesaw and the train tracks in Monroe County.
There's definitely a quick downtown Atlanta skyline shot. But what do you notice? While we're at it, is there any way this can match the Kevin Bacon version?