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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 - GQ - Balancing on Car 1jeezbee on June 24th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
This is a good addition to his development slate but I don't see it going in front of cameras before another 1-1.5 years at least if not 2 or 3 years. The script isn't written yet, it might not even be started, just a pitch. He certainly needs 1 or 2 more projects in between (if the thriller comes within the next 1.5 years, otherwise even more).

Have you seen David Fincher's new project? I've had that Facebook movie on my list of projects I thought would be interesting for Zac and now with Fincher boarding the project written by Sorkin and produced by Rudin it got even more interesting. The plan on shooting this fall - would it be too much to ask for him to get this? The concept might not be the most exciting thing ever but with all those people on board how bad can it be?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on June 24th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
i saw it but it sounds so boring, lol. but the new crew also intrigues me.

and i guess it depends on the schedule for jq.

eta: timeline on this project... obviously it could go very fast, depending on how much progress leslie's made on it... but hopefully they won't rush this script like they did 17 again. obviously that was rushed for a few reasons but it suffered for it.

Edited at 2009-06-24 03:32 am (UTC)
Beejeezbee on June 24th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
I don't think JQ is happening that soon. Aside from the script revisions, they needs to attach a director (for real) and then it'll take at least another 4-6 months pre-production. JQ is a lot of remote location shooting, a lot of action etc. Even if they pick a director now, I can't see it filming before early next year.

The Facebook movie would most likely be a very quick shoot - 3 months tops because it'll be a lot in the dorm etc. Not complicated to shoot and set up. Theoretically... if they start shooting in Nov they could be done by end Jan. Of course all speculation and dreaming about Zac getting it when there is zero indication.
Beejeezbee on June 24th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I agree, I don't want a rushed script either.

I've just looked up the dates for 17 Again. Filardi needed 8 months from pitch to script (before the strike). And once the script is done, you still need to do the casting, location scouting, other prep work - even if you have a director already. I really can't see it sooner than 1-1.5 years if it's not a total rush job unless they already have an early draft or so.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on June 24th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
i think a lot of it depends on how far leslie is with the project. it sounds like it is still being written, but who really knows since they are being ambiguous with the details.

lol btw, this project is probably why he and jason were at that office building awhile back. i tried figuring out who they might be visiting then but there were too many companies there, mostly lawyers, to even begin to guess. but working from this they were probably meeting at the office of greg shapiro's lawyer. /sleuthing
Bee: Zac - SNL - Ahoi 1jeezbee on June 24th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Absolutely agree. I'm working on the assumption that there is only a pitch and Leslie hasn't really started writing it.

That's probably a good guess. However, if that was about this project, I don't think it's very likely that the script has been started. This is clearly another starring vehicle for Zac and that script will be written for him... and if he wasn't signed on until a few weeks ago, she wouldn't really have started the actual writing beyond a pitch imo.

Either way, it'll still be some time off and we most likely won't hear anything. But it's all good. :)
Beejeezbee on June 24th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
This description of the project sounds much more interesting but it also sounds like Michael Cera (ugh) esp if you look at a pic of Zuckerberg.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on June 24th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
that does sound more interesting. and zuckerberg does look like cera. the other dude is maybe slightly hotter. i wonder if they could dorkify zefron enough for that.
Beejeezbee on June 24th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
While Zuckerberg's name is well known, I'm not sure how many people really know how he looks and in Hollywood everyone is better looking than in reality so I don't think looks alone would take him out of the race. It's Zuckerberg's character description in that letter which makes me think that they would go more likely for Cera and with the director's name they can get away with a lesser box office draw.

Edited at 2009-06-24 05:39 am (UTC)
Beejeezbee on June 24th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Lol. It didn't even take a day.

Fwiw, according to CNET Michael Cera and Shia are supposedly under consideration.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on June 24th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
ikr? i saw it on ontd and the reactions are lol.
Beejeezbee on June 24th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting. I haven't been on ONTD all day yet... I'm going to have a look now.