‘Footloose’ Remake Director to Helm ‘The Idolmaker’ Remake

By March 5, 2014

Don’t remember The Idolmaker? You’re not the only one, but that’s on the cusp of changing, as the 1980 music-centric film is about to get a big screen remake, thanks to some people you surely know.

Variety reports that director Craig Brewer (Footloose, Black Snake Moan) is in talks to direct a new version of the film, a move that would reteam him with his Black Snake Moan star Justin Timberlake and—whoa! No, Timberlake is not set to star in the film (though, you know, maybe), he’s just on board to produce alongside Hawk Koch and Gene Kirkwood (who also produced the original).

The original Idolmaker was directed by Taylor Hackford and served as the feature film debut for talents like Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. The film drew from the life of Bob Marcucci, a famous rock promoter and manager who found acts like Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Hackford’s film starred Ray Sharkey as Vincent Vacari, a tough-talking music promoter who takes on two very different boys with the intent of turning both of them into teen idols. Get it? He’s an idol…maker. Things don’t go so smoothly for Vincent over the course of the film, and his desire for success and need to control everything spell doom for him and the boys.

The Idolmaker

Obviously, the first film featured a ton of music – Gallagher even sings a song called “However Dark the Night” – and this new version will likely keep that original spirit alive.

But will Timberlake star?! (Eh, maybe.)

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  • Michael I Payton

    I remember the first film!!! Ray Sharkey was absolutely creepy. I would be interested to see if they can remake this film but maybe without the whole creepy manager thing!