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Jul 12th
07:32 pm
New Projects: Untitled Workplace Comedy and Art of the Steal  
From THR:

Warner Bros. has picked up an untitled workplace comedy by Jason Filardi for Zac Efron to star in and produce. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are in negotiations to produce via their Offspring Entertainment banner.

Attaching himself to the Filardi workplace comedy is the latest move for Efron, who set up his production shingle at Warners in February but has quietly been putting the pieces together with his manager, Alchemy Entertainment's Jason Barrett.

The company now has a name -- Ninjas Runnin' Wild Prods. -- and has staffed up, with former Fox executive Jason Young coming aboard as head of development and to act as point person at NRW. Young spent five years at Fox, working on "X-Men: The Last Stand," "Live Free or Die Hard" and "Max Payne," among other movies.

Angie Edgar, a former assistant and creative executive at Alchemy, has been tapped to act as NRW's creative executive.

Barrett will oversee NRW's operations with Efron.

The Filardi workplace comedy, on which Barrett also will be a producer, is a reuniting of the team behind "17 Again," Efron's high school body-switch comedy that grossed $136 million worldwide last year. The film allowed Efron to move beyond his "High School Musical" roots while trying to build on his core audience.

In addition to that comedy, the following projects are in development at NRW:

-- "Art of the Steal," set up at Warners three weeks ago, has Kevin McCormick's Langley Park Prods. producing with NRW. The project, centering on a master thief, is based on the Wired magazine article by Joshua Bearman; the producers are out to writers.

-- "Einstein Theory," a time-travel story from Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski also is set up at Warners. Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and "Get Him to the Greek" director Nick Stoller are producing what is intended to be an Efron vehicle.

-- "Fire" is based on the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel about a college student recruited to take part in a special CIA training program. Bendis is writing the adaptation, set up at Universal, with Neal Moritz and David Engel producing. Efron and Barrett are executive producing.

-- "Snabba cash" is a remake of the Swedish thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa. The project is an Atlas Entertainment-NRW co-production, with Efron producing alongside Chuck Roven, Richard Suckle and Fredik Wikstrom. Michael Hjorth and Barrett are executive producing.

Separate from NRW, Efron and Barrett also are involved in producer capacities with Leslie Dixon's untitled thriller set up at Mandate. Barrett is producing with Greg Shapiro and Dixon, and Efron executive produces with Mandate's Nathan Kahane.

In a time in which much of the industry is cutting back or contracting, NRW's strategy is unusual for its broad base. The company has been aggressive in finding vehicles and opportunities for Efron, rather than waiting for the studios to come calling.

It also has been transitioning the 22-year old Efron into an adult actor. Such projects as "Fire" and "Snabba" are designed to expand his portfolio to include an action thriller and an edgy drama while also allowing him to work with such Hollywood players as Roven and Moritz.

Efron, also repped by CAA, next stars in the coming-of-age drama "Charlie St. Cloud," which Universal opens July 30.
 
 
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Shruticalcified on July 13th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
STILL LMFAO @ THAT COMPANY NAME. Wat.
vilain_garcon on July 13th, 2010 01:35 am (UTC)
that's awesome! yay at zac getting behind the camera!
Anna: lost | proofmodernthirst on July 13th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
If there is an actual time travel film made with him I will die.

BUT WHAT IS HIS PRODUCTION COMPANY NAME, I HATE HIM SO MUCH.

It's Audrey not Aubrey: Blue monsteraudrey_za on July 13th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Ninjas Runnin' Wild Prods.















He would.
IceGoddess: ohh lolzy all aroundccmskatechick on July 13th, 2010 01:44 am (UTC)
I remember that Wired article, it was kind of awesome.

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/03/ff_masterthief_blanchard/all/1

And yep you can tell Zef had full control over picking the name OBVIOUSLY.
Beejeezbee on July 13th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot for the article.

I got to read that one later.
butterflybee260: snort gigglebutterflybee260 on July 13th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)

That NAME omg.

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bettybaby63bettybaby63 on July 13th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
ZOMG! love the name LMFAO!

and soooo many projects....does bunny dance!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on July 13th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I can only imagine David/Starla called Zac and Dylan, "Ninjas running wild" while growing up.

Which inspires me to make a logo!
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on July 13th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
The name has him written all over it tho, and that's important. Better than "Tailor Made" that's for (daaaamn) sure.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 13th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I think it's cute, for sure. My dad once named a business endeavor a nickname that killed me because it was a family/inside joke. I was just like 'Really? For your business project?' It wasn't offensive, just... such a silly GUY thing to do, haha.

But like you said- it's reflective of the owner!
Beejeezbee on July 13th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, the name is silly but at least they seem to abbreviate it. I'm glad things with his production company are coming together.

My main and biggest concern is Jason Young. Really? With the current unemployment rate they couldn't find anyone better? The guy hasn't been responsible for one decent movie - on the contrary. He's only made shitty movies: Max Payne, Meet Dave, Live Free or Die Hard, X-Men: The Last Stand. This is a concern.

I haven't read the article but Art of the Steal sound good. With the comedy we'll have to see how it works out in the end. The 17 Again script wasn't the strongest but this one could be hopefully better.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on July 13th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
sry i'm going to be debbie downer here but i can't help it. honestly, i am totally unenthused about the workplace project. filardi wasn't that great of a writer (fingers-crossed he'll improve) and i love adam but his comedies are pretty low quality in general. i mean 17 again was the best of them and i love it and zac but it wasn't that great. i just think zac deserves (and has even had opportunities for) better than this. so idgi.
vilain_garcon on July 13th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
oh.
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Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on July 13th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
I wonder if this is where the idea for the company name came from...



can someone post gifs of Troy and Chad's sword wielding?
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: z | like 9 AM on a Tuesdaymetrocard on July 13th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
A+ NAME, EFRON. YOU NEVER FAIL TO AMAZE ME.
The Writers Denmusewriter on July 13th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
First of all, the production company name...PRICELESS!

I'm a little confused as to what the concern is here....I don't think a workplace comedy is such a bad thing. He needs to do more, his comedic timing in 17 Again was great! And to be truthful, I've read a lot of stuff from people who didn't care about High School Musical or Hairspray, but took notice of his abilities in 17 Again. Another light-hearted comedy may help him in the male demographic department. Because, let's be honest, as much as some people want one movie to suddenly get him taken seriously in the male demographic, it'll take some time. And with films like Snabba Cash, Fire, etc, down the line I think it's safe to say we'll have some diversity of projects from him over the next few years.

He's a smart cookie and I think he knows what he wants his career to be like. If it takes a role in a workplace comedy to help him get to where he wants to be, good for him.
Shruticalcified on July 13th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I'm not Cady but I'll say: it's not the idea of comedy. Trust me, I want him to do comedy so much, I think it is his great natural acting talent. But: the people he's working with are fairly generic, especially to him. It feels like a re-tread instead of moving forward is all.
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zacefronfan26 on July 15th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
This is amazing News.