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Apr 2nd
03:45 am
An interview with "Snabba Cash" author Jens Lapidus & a NYE tidbit  
The original Swedish film version of Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash) is getting released this week in France. As part of the promotion the book author Jens Lapidus also talked to the French press. He mentioned the US remake and Zac in his interview with Allociné.

Many thanks to peryne_gl for the proper translation. It's much better than having to rely on Google. :)

"Millenium" and "Morse" have been bought by the Americans who have or are going to do remakes of them. Do you know if “Easy Money” will be adapted on the big screen by the Americans as well?

Actually, Warner Bros just purchased the rights to “Easy Money”. They are currently working on it and Zac Efron will play the role of JW. I think they got interested in this movie because "Avatar" was number one at the box office in every single country, but “Easy Money” was right behind in 2nd place in Sweden, that’s why Hollywood wanted the rights for a remake. They thought: “What’s going on? What is that movie tailgating Avatar in the charts?” Because of that, they took interest in the film and decided to make their own version of it.

Zac Efron? Isn’t JW (brilliantly portrayed by Joel Kinnaman) too dark and complex of a character in comparison to what Zac Efron usually does?

It’s true that Zac Efron is viewed as the nice boy that all the teenage girls love, and he couldn’t be more different than JW, personality wise. But that’s exactly why Warner Bros chose him. I think it’s also Zac’s wish to break out of his clean-cut image a bit. To play such a complex and serious character like JW is a real challenge for him and I think that it’s what he’s looking for right now.

Frosty from Collider also wrote about all the footage WB has been showing at CinemaCon this week. It includes a brief mention of NYE & Zac:

New Year’s Eve – A montage of short moments in the movie. Definitely saw Zac Efron dancing. Mostly focused on all the stars in the film.
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*¤*Peryne*¤*: The Zef • Deauville2010!Zac [CStC Prem]peryne_gl on April 2nd, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Glad i could be of service :)

I didn't put 2 and 2 together when i saw the posters and stuff all over town for this movie - i might have to give it a shot and see for myself if i can picture Zac in it..
Beejeezbee on April 2nd, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for your help. Much appreciated. :)

All the reviews say it's a really well done thriller, so it might be worth it. I have to wait until July for it to open here in Germany.

The US version of the movie will be significantly different though. It will be reset in NY and there are a bunch of other changes. It doesn't mean it's going to be bad/worse, just a bit different. So, it might be interesting to having seen both versions.
*¤*Peryne*¤*: The Zef • My Details Signatureperyne_gl on April 2nd, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
No worries, it wasn't much ;)

I'm not into thrillers usually, but since it's Zac-related in a way, i'm willing to make the "sacrifice" lol. Like you said, knowing both versions could be interesting too, no matter how different they are.

Looking forward to your review of the movie when/if you see it this summer then ;)
butterflybee260: sexy elbowbutterflybee260 on April 2nd, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)

Doesn't he have to film it this year in order to keep the rights?
Beejeezbee on April 2nd, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
The initial timeframe was said to be 2 years, ie next April. But we don't know the exact language, so it could mean they have to be in pre-production by then (and not filming) or have some other options.

But if they want to make the movie, we should probably hear sometimes this year about a director coming on board (although it might be late 2011).
butterflybee260: bedroom eyesbutterflybee260 on April 2nd, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)

Oh good. This is something I would like to see made so I'm hoping it will actually come through.