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Mar 14th
11:04 pm
Director for (formerly called) 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'  
We knew about the project and Zac already but Variety has now the news up with a director attached:

Zac Efron set for Mandate project

Frederik Bond to direct

Zac Efron has been tapped to topline Mandate Pictures' untitled romantic actioner with Swedish commercial director Fredrik Bond helming.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions will produce along with William Horberg. Carlo Martinelli will co-produce.

Project, penned by Matt Drake, was originally titled "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" and was included on the 2007 Black List.

Efron will portray a suburban kid who spontaneously travels to Eastern Europe to find himself and falls for an alluring young woman. The only thing standing between them is her charismatic, dangerous ex from a criminal underworld, requiring Efron to endure one bruising beat down after another in order to woo the girl he loves and achieve salvation.

Bond has directed ads for Nike, Levis, Adidas, Guinness and Heineken and nominated in 2004, 2008 and 2009 for the Directors Guild of America's outstanding director in commercials.

It's already a few years old but /Film did a feature on Bond in 2008 with a lot of his commercials here.
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Lauren Lipkinlaurenlip20 on March 14th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
how many projects does he have for the next year?
Shruticalcified on March 14th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
No one knows exactly. Bee has been saying for a while that they likely won't do this movie AND DIAGF. We haven't really heard much about his others in a while, so I doubt their production is imminent.
jessica3311jessica3311 on March 14th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
That's good a director is attached. :D I was wondering if this or Die in a Gunfight will be the next project he does....*crosses fingers they change the title to the movie LOL*
Beejeezbee on March 14th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
What do you mean with the title change?
Shruticalcified on March 14th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I think she means the "formerly called" part. Like that they no longer have Charlie in the title.
Beejeezbee on March 14th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh. I thought it was clear since it already said 'untitled romantic actioner' and 'originally titled.'
jessica3311: Malliejessica3311 on March 14th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
I only skimmed it & didn't see it until I read it on my feed from THR's tweet/post LOL
jessica3311: Jacob <3 Bellajessica3311 on March 14th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
yea that's what I meant LOL
Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone - looking downjeezbee on March 14th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
This project seem to be one step ahead of DIAG. Considering that I like this script better, I'm happy about this.
Beejeezbee on March 14th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
Also, I like that the director is European since the vast of the movie will take place (and will be filmed) in Budapest and the local culture plays a big part.

He might not be Hungarian but I think being European helps a bit here.

Edited at 2011-03-14 10:47 pm (UTC)
Shruti: Girl | Blondecalcified on March 14th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Why do you hate America?
Bee: Marylin Monroe - Kiss Mejeezbee on March 14th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
Why do you hate Europe?
Shruti: TV | Darecalcified on March 14th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Not enough vegetarian options tbh.
Beejeezbee on March 14th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
If you venture out of McDonald's you would be surprised what available.
Shruti: Film | Electioncalcified on March 15th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
I have heard from my friend who did study abroad in Prague that this is a lie.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 19th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
limited access to peanut butter i hear.

did you know by the time an american teenager graduates high school they will have eaten 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

and also peanuts aren't really nuts. they are in the legume family.
Beejeezbee on March 20th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
You can get peanut butter very easily in a lot of countries by now. Not sure about Hungary though.

I didn't grow up with it but I've had peanut butter in the meantime. But I've never tried a peanut butter and jelly sandwich... it sounds sort of weird. Perhaps I should give it a try once.
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Beejeezbee on March 14th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
It does have a few but which movie doesn't.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 15th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm envisioning (with no genuine background info to back me up, mind you) Before Sunrise + Taken + Green Street Hooligans. IDK!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 19th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
i like the commercials, though my concern is they don't always fulfill a message appropriate to the product/company which advertising should. but that is presumably not his fault and is more the pr company's fault.

overall i'm pretty excited by what i saw. his style is very appealing and creative. i think it will work well with this film.
Bee: Zac – Details - looking away - redjeezbee on March 20th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Here are a few more current ones (fyi - they limit the number of ads you can watch per IP before you need to subscribe so I would focus on the recent ones or have different IPs ready).

I think the fact that he was attached to quite a number of big (sci-fi) movies is also promising even though those never moved into production so far. If the studios were comfortable to trust him with big budgets, he must have "something." My biggest concern is how he is able to get a good performance out of Zac since he probably isn't used to work with actors as much.

Edited at 2011-03-20 05:31 pm (UTC)
annabelle83 on March 20th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
For those who has read the script:

How similar is it to Die in a Gunfight? Can't Zac do both?

I only read DiaG's script, but from what I gather I don't find much similarities between them.(except that both have drug and sex, and will be rated R) Charlie Countryman looks like it's more of an action/crime/comedy, while Die in a Gunfight leans to drama/romance.
Beejeezbee on March 20th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
There are more similar as the recent descriptions make it sound to be imo.

Charlie Countryman is hard to put into a single genre but personally I would also call it a romantic drama - however one with dark comedic undertones and action elements. In comparison to DIAG this has more comedic elements but I would still call it a drama. And both have clearly a romance in the center of their plot; everything else is a means to an end. Both also feature protagonists (Zac's character) who are a bit crazy, get beaten down a lot & go after the "forbidden girl."

Charlie Countryman is significantly more violent and "harder R-rated" than DIAG but I suspect that they will be toning it down a bit. It will still be R but not as brutal as in the Black List version of the script because that would limit the BO a bit too much (even for an indie).

The other similarity is the overall tone. Both scripts have a very unique voice, are a bit off-the-wall crazy/unusual and have stylistic similarities.

Can he do both? Possible I guess but I would be surprised if he does them in very close succession. Personally, I think it's more likely that he does either only one or does one now and delays the second until a later time (until he has done different movies in the meantime). Due to project similarities but also for BO reasons because neither project will be big at the BO by design. Otoh, he's done CStC and TLO after each other, so who knows...

How did you like DIAG?

Edited at 2011-03-20 05:36 pm (UTC)
annabelle83 on March 21st, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
I thought it was little weird and messy, but "fresh" and fun, too. It has so many interesting elements but lacks a central plot to hold them together. So, I pretty much agree with everyone's problem with it.
Loved Mary's character. Ben is kinda bland, but he will definitely be charming on screen played by Zac. Most of all, I'm excited for Zac narrating the movie.

Despite all the shortcomings, I like the idea of Zac starring in it because Ben is not too much different from his previous roles. I don't want him to play a drastically different role. Public won't accept that, like they refused to see Julia Roberts in serious, depressing roles. Still, Ben is darker and maturer role for Zac, and I think he's a good fit. Plus, this movie will likely appeal to male audience.

I want him to do both, but not successively. How about doing Snabba Cash between them? It'll probably get a lot of attention around the time The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo releases, and I can see Warner hurrying it into production.
Bee: Zac - EW - Lying on grass 1jeezbee on March 25th, 2011 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the first 30 pages or so are fantastic but then the plot falls apart in the second act and Ben needs some more character development. The script has a lot of great ideas but they need to be tied together in a better narrative.

Since you mention the narration... that's another similarity between DIAG and Charlie Countryman - both have it. In the later, the narration is done by Zsa Zsa Gabor though (well, if they can get her etc etc).

As for Snabba Cash - I hope WB exercises their option and will do it (there is a time-limit on the rights). I liked the script a quite bit and think the movie could be great but with all the parallel plots, it really needs a good director who can juggle all the narratives and make them work. If not done well, this could be potentially a bit a mess. The good news is that the script is PG-13 and with that a much easier sell for Zac than I initially thought (so yes, there are a LOT of changes compared to the book and the Swedish movie). As for comparison with The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo - idk if it applies here because the book Snabba Cash is based on, isn't even out in the US yet and consequently has zero following. Plus, there is really quite a big difference between the book and the US version of the movie. People who will have read the book might be disappointed... it's probably more a "loosely based on the book" than a real adaption. Which doesn't mean the movie will be bad at all, just that I wouldn't expect it to be driven by the potential fanbase of the book.

Idk about doing it in between since WB's 2011 slate for filming is sort of full already but I think they need to get moving with it in 2012 so they won't lose the rights to it. Of course, I would love for them to film this year but considering that there is no director on it yet as far as we know and WBs other plans, I don't think it's likely to happen this year. But fingers crossed for next.

I like both movies (well, given a good rewrite for DIAG) but I do hope Zac won't do DIAG and Charlie Countryman right after each other, not only for box office reasons but also to mix it up thematically.