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Feb 11th
12:22 pm
The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman  
We knew about this a little earlier, but now it's confirmed.

Exclusive: Founding his own production company (the cheekily titled Ninjas Runnin’ Wild), and being courted for a number of intriguing projects over the past year (including the remake of “Snabba Cash”), Zac Efron is set to turn heads in a role that will showcase the actor as we’ve never quite seen him before.

Producer Albert Berger has confirmed with The Playlist that Efron is attached to star in the lead role in the action comedy “The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman,” a role that was once inhabited by Shia LaBeouf last year. The film, said to be in the spirit of “Pulp Fiction,” follows Charlie who after the death of his mother, heads to Europe to find himself. There, he meets a girl and falls in love. The trouble is she already belongs to an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal, but that won’t deter Charlie who endures one bruising beat down after another to woo the girl and keep her out of harm’s way.

The film has been penned by Matt Drake, a scribe on the rise, who not only found his ‘Countryman’ script get approval from the folks who put together the Black List in 2007, but he’s also written the forthcoming, low budget R-rated comedy “Project X” produced by Todd Phillips and Joel Silver. While Dante Ariola was once attached to direct, this is no longer the case. ‘Countryman’ is currently out to directors, and the hope is to get the film in front of cameras this year.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide are producing, and the film is set up at Mandate Pictures with Nathan Kahane executive producing. Dean Parisot and William Horberg will also be producing.


Sounds good. ^_^
8 8 comments Comment
Bee: Zac – CStC - lying in bedjeezbee on February 11th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
So, this is back on? Or I guess was never really off, just appeared to be that way without any confirmation.

Either way, I liked the project back then and I still like it. Hopefully they will keep it r-rated but I can't see how they could change it.

Big question is now the director... I hope they get someone good.

Since they are looking for a new director only now, I need a project to film before this... although I guess I should be happy at least for today. :P
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on February 11th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
It will probably work out that way.

This sounds like an end of the year start date, unless they secretly have a solid eye on a director already.
Shruti: TV | BE MY BOYFRIENDcalcified on February 11th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - angkeats on February 11th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bee: Zac - ELLE - Lying on Car 1jeezbee on February 11th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Idk. Could be many thing from schedules, financing to changing strategies but it is really very usual for attachments to change. It doesn't mean anything bad for the project if that's what you're wondering.
livingwell100livingwell100 on February 11th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Could they please change the name - Charlie and a reaction to a a dead relative once again. THere are a million great names they could use that won't invoke CSC.

And I keep hoping to see Zac in a real guy movie like Inception or Social network where its a ensemble of great young actors - a movie that does not revolve yet again round a woman and a romance.

Shruticalcified on February 11th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
This comment is ridiculous in some ways, Grace. You don't even know what happens in the movie - if you want to go there, Inception is basically a romantic movie wrt: a dead woman too...

It's not the LEAST like CStC.
It's Audrey not Aubrey: Woody Deaneaudrey_za on February 12th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
and the hope is to get the film in front of cameras this year.

I second that hope!