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Jan 27th
08:37 pm
More details from Nikki Finke and a Second Project  
From Deadline Hollywood:

The list of young actors who transition to adult leading men isn’t that long... Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Christian Bale, etc. Zac Efron is hoping to make that transition so he’s linked himself to a pair of projects he hopes will give him the chance to broaden his range. One of them would be his first action turn, in a Ludlum-esque spy thriller. Efron has a just made a deal at Universal for Fire, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis that was published by Image Comics.

The plan is for Efron to play a college student who is recruited by the CIA, only to find that he has been trained for a program that creates expendable agents. Bendis, the fanboy favorite whose comic book creations include "Ultimate Spider-Man", will write the script. While little material moves during Sundance, Efron and Bendis got the deal after they schlepped around to three studios, pitching the project on a rainy day last Friday. The project has the steady hand of Neal Moritz, who’ll produce with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel. Efron and Alchemy Entertainment’s Jason Barrett will be exec producers.

Efron has made a separate deal at Warner Bros to star in a Back To The Future-like film that melds two projects. One’s a pitch from writers Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, and the other is a WB project called Algorithm that the studio was already developing as a directing vehicle for Nick Stoller, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall director who just wrapped Get Him To The Greek. Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff are producing and Alan Riche is exec producer along with Efron and Barrett.

Efron’s quest to be taken seriously, and to shed the teen heartthrob label thrust upon him after a trio of hit High School Musical films, really began when he bailed on a Footloose remake to instead re-team with his 17 Again director Burr Steers in The Death And Life Of Charlie St. Cloud, playing a young man who carries the guilt over the death of his younger brother. It isn't easy, as one of the films he made recently, Me and Orson Welles, was barely seen. But he wasn't looking for box office as much as the chance to be part of a strong cast in an art film. Good for him.
 
 
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summertimecarol_rio on January 28th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
The boy is busy.
Can't wait for it all..lol
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
yup. :D

unfortunately it doesn't explain what he'll be doing next as these are both at the scripting stage, so they are a ways off from filming.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on January 28th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
let it rain, let it pour!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on January 28th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
singing in the rain are we :D

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nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 28th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
So that's three upcoming projects he && Jason are producing now? Am I reading that correctly lol.


But either way, I'm glad we've got some more info on what he's got going with Warner. && Mark Gordon? Nice.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.metrocard on January 28th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
I can't tell if it's three or four, tbh...
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bettybaby63bettybaby63 on January 28th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
wow he's been super busy, and he certainly goes about it without it being widely reported on!!!

my head is spinning.....so this new info....is it two additional projects? or are they merging two ideas into one? i can't quite make it out, i'm too tired........and excited LOL
zaccy23zaccy23 on January 28th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Wowza that was just an overload of Zef. I admire him for schlepping around in the rain to pitch his project. It would be so easy for Zef to sign on to easy projects where he plays the hearthrob, etc but he really believes in his craft and is willing to fight for roles even if that means knocking on doors! I kind of love it:)
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on January 28th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
*nods....completely agree!
butterflybee260: by pols_iconsbutterflybee260 on January 28th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)

Can someone 'splain in plain English por favor?
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on January 28th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
ikr.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on January 28th, 2010 03:55 am (UTC)
WB does not want to let Zac go.


bettybaby63bettybaby63 on January 28th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
what do you mean????

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nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 28th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
So I'm guessing that the "Back To The Future-like" film meshed with "Algorithm" will be the project he'll be working on next? Since Algorithm was already being developed by WB, && whatever was going on with that Mandate thriller is still in development && Fire is just now being picked up by Universal.

Or would it be more likely that Fire would start production now that it has studio backing? && look at you Zac, gettin your hustle on with three studios. Wonder which ones passed.
jessica3311: Sexonthebeachjessica3311 on January 28th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
I hope he gets to drive a Delorian LMAO
nahbruhbeeonkaa on January 28th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
Write-up of the Warner Bros. mesh. Really, it's more an opinion-piece, albeit an interesting take. && it breaks down the Deadline write-up into laymen's terms. I love that they used the DeLorean picture though, A+


Side-note, I will never not be jealous of that kid having grown up with a DeLorean in his family. WUT. Ugh that kid had a cush life.