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Jul 26th
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Whether you accept it or not, Zac Efron continues to grow up, slowly morphing from teen idol to straight-up ladies' man: Vulture hears that he is in negotiations to play a former Marine in Warner Bros. forthcoming adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, The Lucky One. This would be the seventh Sparks novel to make it to the big screen (just eight more to go!); Efron would play the titular “One,” who returns from three tours in Iraq to (where else?) North Carolina. There he searches for a mysterious woman in a random snapshot he found — a snapshot he believes was his good luck charm throughout the second gulf war. The Lucky One is being produced by Sparks's own lucky charm, Denise DiNovi, who'd previously brought the author's Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, and Nights in Rodanthe all to the big screen.

We also hear that separately — but in an similar effort to reach a broader, older, audience — Efron recently attached himself to Die in a Gun Fight, a hot new script from recent NYU grads and first-time screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. In the Tarantino-esque blend of Gossip Girl, True Romance and Romeo and Juliet, Efron would play Ben, an underachieving, deadbeat son of a famous New York high society attorney who gets himself in over his head when he falls for the daughter of his father's nemesis - a girl who is already busy being stalked by an obsessive French professor. Die is set up with producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Speed) but has yet to find a studio, though we hear it's headed out to directors and financiers shortly.

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i like my jeans skinny and my skirts high-waistedsurferxchris on July 27th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
The second one sounds interesting.

But ew, I can't deal with Nicholas Sparks.
Shruticalcified on July 27th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
I could not be MORE disappointed with the first. I hate Sparks with so much rage and passion. I thought he got this shit out of his system with CStc! Come on, hun, you're better than that.

The second sounds like, with the right execution, it could be good.
vilain_garcon on July 27th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
a former marine? he isn't that old.

In the Tarantino-esque blend of Gossip Girl, True Romance and Romeo and Juliet, Efron would play Ben, an underachieving, deadbeat son of a famous New York high society attorney who gets himself in over his head when he falls for the daughter of his father's nemesis - a girl who is already busy being stalked by an obsessive French professor.
lol wait what...
Shruticalcified on July 27th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
I know, seriously. I was like THE FUCK. But it's still better than ex-marine (lol I hope he gets a buzz-cut.)
Beejeezbee on July 27th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
The first one, I'm not thrilled about. I don't have anything against the romantic drama genre but I'm not a fan of Nicolas Sparks and moreover I wouldn't want him to do another sappy tearjerker that soon again.

He was just in the process of moving a bit away from his typecasting with all the projects he has set up but now he seems to be falling into the same trap again. If he absolutely has to do this, I really, really hope it won't be his next project.

The second project sound like it could be interesting though. A bit crazy which can be risky but that's great.

Edited at 2010-07-27 12:58 am (UTC)
Beejeezbee on July 27th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Ugh.

Deadline has it now too. And the Sparks one is his next project. The longer I think about it, the more I dislike it.
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cazey3414 on July 27th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
noooooooooooo to the nicholas sparks movie, anything after the notebook has been a major fail.
butterflybee260: pic#96101109butterflybee260 on July 27th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)

NO.

NO NICHOLAS SPARKS.

It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on July 27th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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mte Dumbledore.
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IceGoddess: mmm dirty little secretccmskatechick on July 27th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
First one, well yeah ummm yeeeah. Can we wait a bit before dipping back into that well again so soon? And if you want to take another stab at that, can we not with that mix involved aka DiNovi/Sparks pls?

I can fully get behind the ex-Marine piece, maybe in something a little more substanitive though?

Second could be drastically different and intersting.
oh my god; that crazy bitch.: v | I promised I wouldn't do it againmetrocard on July 27th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
SO BASICALLY, WE ALL AGREE THAT THE SPARKS MOVIE SOUNDS LIKE SHIT. I have hope that since Zef is a smart boy, he will come to this conclusion as well.

But the second sounds A+ and I'm down for it.
harper valley hypocritethatames on July 27th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
I agree with this one hundred percent!
The Writers Denmusewriter on July 27th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
I love Nicholas Sparks but the problem with his work is that stuff always gets so lost in the adaptation from book to film. The only good one that I've seen was The Notebook. A Walk to Remember was crap (sorry Shankman).

This could be really good if it's done correctly. I'm not sure I hold out much hope for that, but we'll see. The second project sounds interesting though for sure
jessica3311: Detty ending <3jessica3311 on July 27th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
WHAT???WALK TO REMEMBER IS AMAZING <3 Shank as director was eh though LOL.
taw091300 on July 27th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
uhhh...no.
oh so i wasn't the only one who hated this nicholas "created with the sole intention of making women cry" sparks idea?


good. glad to know I'm not alone. :)
jessica3311: Charlie & Tessjessica3311 on July 27th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Idk I trust Zac's judgment & will support anything he's in. I'm torn on Nick Sparks movies though...I do love a Walk to Remember & The Notebook....but all the others were meh to me. I'm just happy he's going to do another project soon :D Gotta say I am digging the 2nd project way more. Zac in uniform <3
JacobJuniorspicegalaxy on July 27th, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
NICHOLAS SPARKS?
samaire03samaire03 on July 27th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
Would someone mind explaining why they think the sparks movie is what he will film next? He is attached to so many projects, I don't really understand what determines what he will do next and what is further down the line. The project doesn't have a director yet, or costars, so it could be something he does later, right?
hlloyd04 on July 27th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
After thinking about it a little more, and re-reading through these comments again I thhought I'd be more open-minded about the NS movie, but it's actually the other way entirely. It hit me why I hate the idea so much. And, I know I clearly don't speak for all women my age and I don't intend to, but I see most Nicholas Sparks movies as these completely unrealistic, completely sappy stories. I used to enjoy A Walk to Remember, when I was about 16. Not so much anymore. I've never liked The Notebook, and I didn't really like Dear John. Also these movies are all sort of flash in the pan type pieces of work. Everyone talks about them when they're the chick flick of the moment, but that doesn't last long.

I really really don't want another chick flick. I wish rather than having to be the lead, he would get involved in a big ensemble piece with truly gifted and experienced actors around him. So not only can he learn from them, bùt so that he doesn't have to carry a movie and he can diversify himself at the same time.