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Dec 8th
02:08 pm
Update on 'Die in a Gunfight'  
'Die in a Gunfight' has taken another step forward per Deadline Hollywood/NY which posted:

Media Rights Capital is negotiating to acquire Die in a Gunfight

This probably means that 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' is off the table for Zac. In fact, that project was actually removed from his SS/BL I think about a week or so ago (the director was removed at the same time). It makes sense though as they were somewhat similar.

In some ways I'm sad... I think Charlie Countryman had a tighter script and I loved the mix of comedy and drama. But I did like the tone of 'Die in a Gunfight' though hopefully they are working on making the plot more... plausible.

For the summary of 'Die in a Gunfight' check out the original post on it here.
Mood: busybusy
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zacefronfan26 on December 8th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
So does mean that this will be his next Movie to Film.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 9th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
It might be but that is hard to tell. We will have to wait and see I guess.
Bee: Zac – Details - looking away - redjeezbee on December 9th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, like you I expected only one of the two scripts, Charlie Countryman or Die in a Gunfight to go forward. They are sort of too similar for both to happen.

And IA, I'm a bit sad because the Charlie Countryman script was better and I liked the producers behind that project a lot too (although Mark Gordon is also a good producer).

My hope is that since it's been 5 months when we've heard about the project initially (and the initial draft was done), the script got a full rewrite and fixed the admittedly significant plot and character issues. There was a lot of great stuff in the script from tone to dialogue, so the writers sure have talent and with some guidance from experienced people this could be a good script by now.

MRC isn't a bad deal. They provide funding and closed a 20-pic distribution deal with Uni this May (which starts in 2011)... which basically means it'll likely has a studio distribution in place through Uni unless they want to distribute it though a different studio. At the same time, they don't have to go through the politics and procedures of a big studio to get something into production. Deadline has more info on the deal... it's interesting.

Having a distribution basically in place, is certainly an upside over Charlie Countryman. I'm now keeping my fingers crossed for an improved script. :)
Shruticalcified on December 9th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Same. I think my initial UGH @ the script has faded now. It seems fun as long as I don't think too hard and if they get rid if the sci-fi stuff? or do something better with it.
Bee: Zac – SNL - Red Suit - upper bodyjeezbee on December 9th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm almost sure that it's been rewritten by now. The time delay in MRC picking up the rights would surely support that idea. The question is just how it turned out.

I'd bet the writers & producers read the review and all comments on SS and while I don't think you should necessarily listening to internet commenters, when everyone points out the same thing, you sure at least take into consideration what's been said.

Perhaps we're lucky and the rewrite pops up. I sure would love to read it.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on December 9th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
OMG I KNOW. The sci-fi stuff... like I think I get what they were trying to do but it was so needless. That and making the tutor the same dude who invented this technology. WTF is that? How does that make sense? He doesn't need to be the tutor at all... just be the inventor and her dad's friend. And reduce the sci-fi stuff to something modern and topical... like make him the inventor of pharmaceutical product that fucks everyone up. It gives you an opportunity to comment on something socially relevant
Shruticalcified on December 9th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Bee: OY - You make my brain hurtjeezbee on December 9th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
This is just a crazy coincidence but Carson made a comment in yesterday's completely unrelated review of a horror script which I found so oddly fitting here:

Young writers tend to be full of ideas, but don’t yet know how to form those ideas into a compelling narrative (it takes time!). I think they’re capable of doing this, of course, but when you’re a young writer, you’re not really interested in narrative. You care about the eye candy, the great scenes, the flashy dialogue, the big concepts, the shit people will be talking about when they leave the theater. This is why you’ll read a great scene in a young writer’s script, then the next five scenes are complete disasters.

It's like he had just read the early draft of Die in a Gunfight... many symptoms described here apply to it. A lot of potential but the plot is lacking (or was at least in the first version).

Edited at 2010-12-09 12:55 pm (UTC)
zacefronfan26 on December 17th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
This Movie sounds Interesting