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Jun 23rd
02:59 pm
Zac to star and exec produce in new thriller  
Fuck if we know what it is about but god damn it, it will be SEXY!

From THR.com:

Zac Efron has signed to star in an untitled thriller for Mandate Pictures, which is being written by Leslie Dixon.

The plot is being kept under wraps but it is described as "a sexy thriller." The deal continues the evolution of Efron from the teen heartthrob of the "High School Musical" franchise to a more mature leading man, and also sees him stepping into producing shoes. He will act as executive producer with Mandate's Nathan Kahane.

Frequent Mandate collaborator Greg Shapiro of Kingsgate Films ("The Hurt Locker"), Jason Barrett, and Dixon will produce.

Nicole Brown will oversee the project for Mandate.

Efron and Dixon, a respected veteran writer whose credits include 1999's "The Thomas Crown Affair and "Freaky Friday," first worked together on "Hairspray."

No director is on board.

Efron, repped by CAA and Alchemy Entertainment, last starred in New Line's teen comedy "17 Again," which grossed almost $63 million domestically. Dixon is repped by CAA.

Explains why he was at "The Hurt Locker" prem.
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Bee: Zac - Interview Mag w/ woman coloredjeezbee on June 23rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
I really would prefer if it's not Lionsgate - tbh I hate that studio. Aside from horror flicks their distribution isn't great (although they get their pics in a big number of theaters so it's still way better than one of the really small ones).

Anyway, the fact that they mention "sexy" I can easily see this going in the direction of "Unfaithful" or "Obsessed" since that type of movie appeals to both genders and is probably an easier sell for Zac than a straight out thriller. If they go in that direction, I'm sure we're going to see lots of Zac without or only few clothes.

Overall, I think every writer has bad scripts and often it's not even their fault because they hand in the script to the studio and then it gets rewritten or modified without their consensus. Leslie is not an Oscar-level writer but a very established and experienced one, so I'm very happy with the choice.
jessica3311jessica3311 on June 24th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
I agree on lionsgate...all their movies always look like crap LOL.