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Aug 19th
04:05 pm
Robert Rave talks more about Spin and Zac  
Continuing to promote his book, Robert Rave spoke to MTV more in depth about Zac's possible participation in the film adaptation of Spin.

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."

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Beejeezbee on August 20th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: Little HS2 tidbit
Both have been projects on Adam's development for a while. I've made the conclusions based on his twitter comments (so they are not 100% but imo a good fit to the projects he's signed for).

Here is Bob's summary:
Bob - The Musical follows a mild-mannered man who suddenly hears the "inner song" of people's hearts after being struck in the head.

It's a New Line project and has a finished script. Marc Shaiman is writing the music for that one too.

And Sindbad is a big Sony summer tentpole. There is no info on the script but I noticed that Adam/his production company isn't always very timely in updating IMDb (eg Step-Up 3D is still listed as optioned property but they have finished filming recently). IIRC he mentioned something about Bollywood elements for it though.

In terms of Hairspray 2 it doesn't matter much which project though. If he's filming something else first, he'll be busy for at least 18 months imo.

Edited at 2009-08-20 01:59 am (UTC)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 20th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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i knew you'd know more :D
Shruti: Film | Eternal Sunshinecalcified on August 20th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
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So the summary for Bob kind of weirdly reminds me of that Will Ferrell movie "Stranger Than Fiction" from a bit ago, where he was actually a character in a book Emma Thompson was writing. EHS is right; it could be cool. Or awful. (Did anyone ever see than Will Farrell movie btw? It died such a quick box office death...)

OH GOD, that means Sinbad is one of the three things I thought it could be. That's...delightful. Sort of. (Not.)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 20th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
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i love that movie. i accidentally bought two copies even, lol.

jeezbee didn't say it but bob hates musicals too. which makes it all the funnier when his whole life becomes a musical.
Shruticalcified on August 20th, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)
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OOOH ok because I really wanted to see it - the ads were delightful - but then it just bombed so hard, with no coverage, that I had no idea what to do. Ok, reminding myself to watch it someday.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 20th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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have you watched i heart huckabees? stf's a little bit in that vein... sort of, kind of. idk. but i liked stf better than that.

at any rate, it isn't a perfect movie but i enjoyed it a lot. all involved a good actors and it is an interesting story.
Shruticalcified on August 20th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
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BTW ok how do you feel about the Dead Roses (LOL)? I had all these fanciful ideas, but it's probably just like any college cover band but more awesome because of who's in it.
Beejeezbee on August 20th, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Little HS2 tidbit
I can't believe that part of the info I was thinking of was in that one tweet from Adam I had bookmarked (because I wanted to have it as "support" should I ever have to "defend" that Hairspray is a kids & family musical and not an adult musical):

"Fantasy is sinbad, the lost voyage. Very pirates meets crouching tiger. The original musical is hilarious, but not really for little kids like hairspray was... The other one is a bit adult version of billy elliot but with singing..."

I think he made the Bollywood comment somewhere else but I don't have that one (and don't want to search it either, esp since you can't search on his stupid twitlonger things). But perhaps pirates meets crouching tiger is "scary" enough? lol

ETA: also, considering that he already talks about original music being done (?), it sounds like the script might be written on that one already too. But that's just spec based on his comment.

Edited at 2009-08-20 01:24 pm (UTC)
Shruticalcified on August 20th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
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BTW BEE, total kissass right here but: ily, you are such a repository of knowledge.
Beejeezbee on August 20th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
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Thanks! *blushing*
Beejeezbee on August 20th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
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Just a quick correction... Bob is a Disney musical, not New Line. Sorry, I mixed it up.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 20th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
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which might make it suck. to be perfectly honest.

new line would let it be more ironic.

unless they pull a 17 again and make it overly family friendly and thus basically disney anyway.
Beejeezbee on August 20th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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At least it's Touchstone, that's better than straight up Disney. But yeah, I still see your point.
Shruti: Efs | Mallcalcified on August 20th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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Some Disney produced films are wild though (i.e. Crazy/Beautiful).
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 20th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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true... even disney makes r rated films (just not labeled disney). and bob: the musical it is touchstone but still, i worry.