Zac Efron To Star In 'Spin'? Author Robert Rave Gives Us The Details On The Movie Adaptation Of His Novel!
by Teri Schwartz
It doesn’t get more flattering than Zac Efron’s people taking a look at a movie treatment based on your debut novel the day it is released. Such is the case with Robert Rave (pictured above, left), whose first book “Spin” hit bookstores yesterday. We were lucky enough to get a chance to speak with Robert about his new book, the potential movie and the irony of Hollywood taking an interest in his novel considering what the plot is about.
While clearly stating his book is not a memoir, Robert’s post-college history mirrors that of his main character, Taylor Green: both moved from the Midwest to pursue careers in the Big City in the field of public relations. But Taylor’s experience is a bit more rough than Robert’s own story. Taylor starts working for media-vixen Jennifer “Jennie” Weinstein who ultimately controls the entire entertainment underworld of New York City.
The plot line seems close to another good-employee-turned-bad-by-evil-boss story, “The Devil Wears Prada,” and Robert agrees the similarities are there. The big difference, he says, is that “Spin” is told from a male perspective unlike most novels which are told from female leads, but also that his ending isn’t a “happy-go-lucky happy ending” like witnessed in “Prada.”
“I like to say this character kind of descends into darkness, insomuch as he gets really caught up in that world [of PR],” Robert told Hollywood Crush in an exclusive interview, “and it kind of asks the question of how far would you go to keep your job? And, you know, whereas a lot of these [other] characters, like I said, they come out unscathed, but like can you still come out unchanged? So for him, I don’t want to tell you the ending, it’s not a happy ending [laughs].”
For Robert, the news that Zac was looking at the role was exactly what he wanted to hear. “To be honest with you, as corny as it’s going to sound, I thought Zac Efron would be perfect for Taylor,” he shared about the actor he most wanted to play Taylor. “When I completed the novel, I even said to the producer who’s working on it, I said Zac would be at the top of my list if this ever gets made.”
However, as someone well aware of how Hollywood works, Robert knew not to get his hopes up. “I had maybe 10 seconds of excitement, but I’ve lived in LA now for five years and I’ve lived in New York for almost nine years before that, and I know — I know — not to get too excited over these things,” he said. “I’m very much in the camp that there’s a signed deal, until there’s a done deal, there’s nothing set in stone.”
As far as other dream cast members, Robert said he isn’t sure who he’s want to play Jennie but he is dying to get Kat Dennings as the actress for the character of Mia: “I love her. I think she’s brilliant. I love her acting.”
But Robert emphasizes that even though he has been approached about selling the movie rights to “Spin” and Zac appears to be interested, the film is far from being set in stone. He told us that, before he started writing “Spin,” he had written a TV treatment following a similar storyline that ultimately went nowhere.
“My ultimate goal is that [‘Spin’ is] a book first and people really just enjoy it as a book and really just kind of have fun with it ... because really nowadays, my thing is they all kind of merge together: books, movies, televisions, web series,” he said. “I don’t mean to sound like a Debbie Downer, but until [the film is] actually a reality that’s crazy for me to even speculate that it’s even happening.”
Robert has already submitted a second novel to St. Martin’s Press, the publisher for “Spin,” which is due out next summer. An “all new and all original” story separate from the world of “Spin,” his second novel called “Waxed” is about three sisters living in New York City who run a high-end bikini wax salon. He notes, “It’s pretty edgy."