Simon Cowell wants Saturday Night Fever
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 June 2009
Simon Cowell is lining up Zac Efron for the lead role in a remake of 1977 classic 'Saturday Night Fever'
Simon Cowell is set to remake 'Saturday Night Fever'.
The music mogul is in talks with film producer Robert Stigwood, who owns the rights to the screenplay, to update the classic 1977 John Travolta movie and wants Zac Efron for the lead role.
A source told Britain's The Sun newspaper: "Simon has been looking into buying the rights for years and opened discussions with Robert about the remake.
"The charm offensive has been in full swing and they made a breakthrough over the last couple of weeks. Robert was keen to get some assurances the original wouldn't be completely butchered before he agreed to the deal.
"Simon has been drawing up a list of people he wants to get involved. When that meets Robert's expectations, the contracts will be signed."
Hip-hop producer Timbaland is in the frame to rework the classic soundtrack, which topped the US charts for a massive 24 weeks when it was released.
The soundtrack featured a host of classic disco songs by The Bee Gees, including 'Stayin' Alive', 'More Than A Woman' and 'Night Fever'.
The movie tells the story of New York teenager Tony Manero - played by Travolta - who is a hit on the dance floor but unsuccessful in the rest of his life.