Director Brewer hopes to shoot "Footloose" remake in Memphis

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis director Craig Brewer will direct a movie remake of "Footloose", and he wants to film it in the Bluff City.

Brewer said he has big plans for the film and if he gets his choice, he will film it locally.

"I was always inspired by movies of the 80s," Brewer said, "especially 'Footloose'."

Filming locally could mean big opportunities for Memphis and Tennessee.

"There's jobs," Brewer said.  "People are going to have to be put up in hotels.  Sets just don't get built, there's going to have to be carpenters."

James Tashie, Chairman of the Board of the Memphis Film Commission, said a big budget film would be beneficial to the city.

"These films cost $25, 30 million," Tashie said, "and that's a lot of labor and a lot of talent that has to be used here."

The decision is not that simple.  The movie studio selects the state, and states woo the studios with incentives.

Tashie said Tennessee was not even in the dance.

"'The Blind Side', which was a Memphis story, was filmed in Georgia because there was about a $3 million difference in the incentives," Tashie said.  "So it's a no-brainer for the studio."

Brewer said he is combing the budget to try and make up the $2.5 million incentive shortfall Tennessee has with Footloose.  He said it would be tough.

"If Fred Smith and his production company can't get 'The Blind Side' shot in Tennessee, I don't know what chance I have," Brewer said.

Brewer is currently in Los Angeles casting the film.  He said he expects the studio to make a decision on the filming location within the next week.

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