Feb 1st
03:47 pm
Project Updates: Charlie Countryman, Unt. Seth/Zac Comedy, The Ever After Part (Spoilers)  
OK so project news round-up.

The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Per Variety, Zac is out and Shia LaBeouf is back in as the title character. IDK when exactly Zac dropped the project. It was taken off his BL/SS pretty recently but it disappeared from his IMDB awhile ago, I think in August. That was around the time that there were rumors of Owen Wilson being attached in another role.

It sounds like a timing thing since they want to move on the project now and Zac is busy with promo and other things. Also I think we always felt that there was a lot of similarity between this story and Die in a Gunfight and one would have to be tabled eventually so that may have been part of this also. I liked Charlie Countryman better but Die in a Gunfight went through a rewrite so hopefully that fixed some of the problems and it is now the better choice.

Untitled Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy

This is a tiny thing. It looks like this recently was named, at least for now, Townies. No further info was updated.

The Ever After Part

As a refresher, this is what we knew before about this project which is in development at NRW.

The updates to this are that in late November a draft of the script was completed and in early December was being shopped around. No word on whether it ever sold though. Which is a good thing and a bad thing. Bad in that it is always nice to sell a project but good in the sense that I don't think the script was ready. I read it and I think it needs work. I won't give a full review, there's no point right now (and sorry I cannot share it per the terms of the site where I got it). But first things first this isn't a dark action rom-com so idk whether that twitter from the first post was something else or what (though the timing really suggested it was related to this but who knows).

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Anyway the story is basically that Adam (presumably Zac would play this part), a 20s-something charming, hopeless romantic slacker meets Rachel, a 30s-something stunning Cali yoga type on a flight somewhere and sometime, they have a fling. (Yay another cougar story, lol.) She is going to be married soon but doesn't love her fiance, Ben, and she tells this to Adam. The day of the wedding, Adam crashes the ceremony, professing his undying love for Rachel. He gets decked in the face by a groomsman but his pleas work and he gets the girl.

After saving herself from making a horrible mistake with Ben, Rachel has to make it work with Adam and that, the ever after part, is the bulk of the movie. As one might expect, it isn't easy at all. She's older than him, in a different place in life, she's more settled with a good job, in line for a promotion, a nice place to live. He doesn't have a job, no real money, lives with roommates who play Xbox and watch Cupcake Wars. Basically, her problem was she was uncertain in her relationship, his problem is he's uncertain in everything -- she knows mostly who she is and he doesn't at all know who he is. They love each other undoubtedly and they both want to fit into each other's lives but can that work realistically?

Overall I liked the idea, I think they could get this to a good story maybe. It is always interesting dissecting how to make a relationship work. Add on top of that the story of where these two people are in life, especially Adam who is a little bit lost… I think there is potential. And I liked and cared about Adam and Rachel and thought and/or hoped maybe they could make it work.

But that alone isn't quite strong enough all the same to make up for the weaknesses in execution and set up. The problem is there isn't enough of a set up at the outset as to why she'd stick with Adam. I can buy her doubting her relationship with Ben enough to jump at the chance to runaway from the wedding when an opportunity presents itself. But I don't know that I buy, at first anyway, that she'd really stick it out with Adam based on this one fling they had. They don't establish that well enough at all.

What makes it feel even weirder is that in the second half, I buy her relationship with Adam just fine. They're both cute and they genuinely like each other. Like even though there are age-difference issues, it isn't like Rachel is just a cougar wanting to be young again, she's actually connected to Adam and not to the dream of being 20-something again. This is good because otherwise this would be an absolutely dreadful movie.

Anyway, overall, there are too many holes and a tonal imbalance/disconnect which makes it feel like a little too much of a reach to be plausible. The characterizations (Adam's in particular) and dialogue are just not quite there and the stakes are not high enough. Some work and a really charismatic and perfectly-cast Rachel to counter Zac's Adam, would add to its potential.

ETA: I meant to say of all the spec scripts etc that I have read that have a tone or topic like this, the one I like best is Your Bridesmaid is a Bitch. It's a script that also needed some polishing but was closer to being great than this. The dialogue is funnier, the plot more tied up, the characters better developed, etc. I love the main character and if Zac was to do a veering-towards-indie rom-com, this would be the one I'd choose not The Ever After Part (at least based on what I've seen so far).

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I briefly mentioned when those pics of him at a meeting came out that I thought I might have an idea of what it was about. TBH, I thought it might be this project given it had gone out at the beginning of the December but we still haven't heard anything about its status so idk. The people photographed are a part of his company and so it was about something they are working on but I don't know what.
 
 
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Bee: Zac - GQ - In Car 1 (full)jeezbee on February 1st, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
No a surprise re the Charlie Countryman project although I'm sad because I liked that script a lot too.

As for The Ever After Part:
I liked the premise of the script as well and it wasn't a bad read but I had similar issues as Cady. The lack of stakes or even clear goals for the leads, well written characters (esp Adam) and mediocre dialoge was just not good enough.
 
For me, the biggest issue though is the believability of the entire set up and personally I think they are further away from making it work. Idk if I believe that they were so hopelessly in love based on that one meet-cute on the flight, Rachel is very 'always-living-by-expectations-and-rules' to a point where her having a fling or running from the wedding doesn't fit. And the cheating undermines the rooting for them. Imo, it feels like one of those cases where I can sort of (but not fully) buy into it on paper but believe it falls apart once it's translated onto the screen. And if the set up doesn't work, the entire movie won't imo.

The script had really nice moments in the second act but imo they didn't make up for the other issues. Hopefully, the project gets a good rewrite before it's set up anywhere.

As for your ETA... I would have loved to see the Ever After premise written by Brian Duffield though; he would have been a great fit (can he do the rewrite?).

My own ETA: of course, if that project (or any other rom-com) happens, I would really, really like it to be in the rather far future. He needs to stay away from romances for a while imo. (Yes, I know I'm repeating myself.)

Edited at 2012-02-01 11:19 pm (UTC)
kleth on February 2nd, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
"of course, if that project (or any other rom-com) happens, I would really, really like it to be in the rather far future. He needs to stay away from romances for a while imo"

Agree, but with this project he needs to be young. Age 24 is already pushing it for a guy who lives with roommates, doesn't have a real job, and doesn't know who he is.

I'm not opposed to more rom-coms as long as they are successful. Still, that wouldn't address the basic problem. Adam Shankman's advice was apt at the time: stay away from singing and dancing and work on your male audience. Part I accomplished, Part II yet to be realized. That's why I liked the Countryman and Die concepts, at least he'd be going up against some thugs and face some real jeopardy. Putting him in a race car is the right look, but the Untitled Bahrani Project isn't an actual racing movie, so I don't know what audience it's aimed at. That leaves the Seth Rogen raunchy comedy as the only project that addresses the main issue.
Bee: Zac – SNL - White Tuxedojeezbee on February 3rd, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
I think Zac can easily play mid-20s characters for many more years, so I don't think it has to be rushed at all.
zacfan333zacfan333 on February 1st, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Not another cougar romance relationship for Zac.
kleth on February 2nd, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
And, Oh no! Not another crash-the-wedding-and-steal-the-bride storyline. Putting it at the beginning of the movie instead of at the end is different, but still...
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on February 1st, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)

Omg omg omg can Rachel McAdams please please please be in The Ever After Part with him?

Not someone like, Katherine Heigl. Bleck.

It sounds like a cute premise if they could strengthen the plot/script.
zacfan333zacfan333 on February 1st, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Rachel Mcadams would be an awesome idea!

Edited at 2012-02-01 11:16 pm (UTC)
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on February 1st, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)

I KNOW! She could totally pull it off without and I could see them having GREAT chemistry. :D
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on February 1st, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
I second this
lullaby_lilylullaby_lily on February 1st, 2012 11:53 pm (UTC)
Love the Rachel McAdams idea! She's such a great, likeable actress.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on February 1st, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to think that Zac was never fully attached to the Charlie Countryman movie. They made it sound like he was just a placeholder til Shia was ready to film. Which kind of makes me mad thinking about it from that perspective. But I will say, I'm the oddball out in thinking I like Die In A Gunfight more than this movie anyway.

At least the Seth Rogen comedy has a title, that's something. Progress, progress.

The Ever After Part has potential. I think with the right actress (as someone mentioned, Rachel McAdams) and the right cast, then this could work.
annabelle83annabelle83 on February 2nd, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
I don't think they were waiting until Shia was available. Apprently, there was no progress on the project when Zac was attached, and he dropped out. It was dead for a while, then Shia showed interest in it again, and producers decided to make this movie happen. I admit that Shia has more star power to greenlight projects than Zac.

I can't help but feeling that Zac is getting completely shunned from "guy films". If Charlie Countryman was a chick film, Zac could've had the film greenlit by now. Sorry for the rant again, but I wish Zac had a better start as an actor. I don't think he's any less talented or charismatic than Shia.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on February 2nd, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
I agree that it's harder for Zac to get "guy films" greenlight than Shia which sucks because Zac and Shia are pretty much on the same level of acting. Both good actors. It's only a matter of time before more people are willing to take a chance on Zac in "guy films" because people clearly liked him playing a stoner in Liberal Arts, so it's not like people wouldn't like him in those type of roles.
zacfan333zacfan333 on February 2nd, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
I think Zac's even a better actor than Shia.
Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone - looking downjeezbee on February 2nd, 2012 12:56 am (UTC)
In addition to what Annabelle said, the financier dropped out too. Shia brought a new financier (which he worked with on his previous 2 movies with) and they picked it up new after it stalled. It's really not unusual and it doesn't mean, Zac wasn't attached. And no surprise that Variety will make it sound positive ~for~ Shia - it's his news item.
zacfan333zacfan333 on February 2nd, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Of the two, I liked Die in a Gunfight better also.
butterflybee260butterflybee260 on February 1st, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)

Also, d y i n g at the thought of Zef watching Cupcake Wars.
kleth on February 3rd, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Wait, I put on my script-doctor beanie and solved the story problem. Adam steals the bride, as per previously, but it turns out that the groom is the son of a violent crime boss....
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