Efron Out of Footloose , in Charlie St. Cloud


Zac Efron (“High School Musical” films) is negotiating to re-team with 17 Again director Burr Steers on an adaptation of the novel “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” says Variety.

The film will likely be the next for Efron, who just dropped out of Paramount’s Footloose remake.

Former “Good Morning America” executive producer Ben Sherwood wrote the book, about a caretaker at a cemetery who manages to have weekly meetings with a younger brother whose accidental death he feels was his fault.

Marc Platt is producing, and while Efron’s deal is still being negotiated, Steers is set and has already begun polishing a script originally written by Craig Pearce, with James Schamus and Lewis Colick also turning in drafts.

Production will begin in July.