I usually don't heavily rant here on Cinematical, but one of the stories that fired me up was the news that Footloose was getting remade into a cinematic musical with Zac Efron. No, this isn't a remake of the live musical a la Producers, but rather a straight remake from the film. Now, Variety reports that the project is being fast-tracked and could start production this spring. First, however, Peter Sollet (the director of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) is penning a rewrite of Jon Hartmere's script. Then we can watch our beloved '80s classic get Efronized. In the meantime, the songs are being cooked up -- ones that will combine new tunes with some of the old favorites. Yeah, I'm still not sold.

In more drug-centric news: It looks like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which Gus Van Sant grabbed in June of last year, is still moving forward. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Fox Searchlight has picked up the project. However, they're not sharing any news about when the film will get made or released. Maybe never? Yes, I'm bitter about this project too, but that's just because I was not happy with how he handled Tom Robbins and Blake Nelson's work, so I really don't want Tom Wolfe added to the mix. What do you think? Can Van Sant handle the lives of Kesey and the Merry Pranksters?

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: Actor Zac Efron attends US Weekly's Hot Hollywood Issue celebration at Skylight on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) (L-R) Actors Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, MTV VJ Carlos Santos Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale and Monique Coleman visit MTV's "Mi TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Corbin Bleu, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron visit MTV's "Mi TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens visit MTV's "Mi TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens visit MTV's "Mi TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens visit MTV's "Mi TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    Cast member Zac Efron from the movie "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" poses for a portrait in Los Angeles October 12, 2008. Efron says he wasn't much into sports at school, had to be dragged to his senior prom and was really a bit of a goofball. So becoming a global "tween" idol by playing a basketball star who wins the heart of the prettiest girl in school in the blockbusting "High School Musical" series has been a shock. Picture taken October 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman and Zac Efron visit MTV's "TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Corbin Bleu, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Monique Coleman and Zac Efron visit MTV's "TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 21: (U.S. TABS OUT) Actors Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Zac Efron, Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Hudgens visit MTV's "TRL" at MTV Studios in Times Square on October 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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