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May 14th
10:02 pm
Variety Announcement for the Bahrani Pic  
I have been crossing my fingers he could work out timing to do both The Paperboy and this pic, since this director is pretty cool too.

From Variety:
Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron have boarded an untitled Ramin Bahrani pic, which London-based international sales and production outfit Bankside Films is shopping in Cannes.

Pic, which is to lense in summer, tells the story of a farmer whose manic expansion alienates his sons and devoted wife.

No word on where they will shoot yet however a recent blog entry by a staff member at Killer Films made a point that they needed to get financing together quickly because:
The film is set in heartland America amongst the corn fields – they need to be filming in a couple of months when there is corn.

So maybe some filming in the corn belt somewhere? jeezbee suggested perhaps Illinois since it has an excellent tax incentive program. We'll see soon I guess :)
Mood: excitedexcited
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The Writers Denmusewriter on May 15th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
They need to be filming by July, maybe even before...that's when corn is at its peak. "Knee-high by the fourth of July" is a common saying in the midwest.

May I suggest Ohio, Zac...it's about as flat as you can get and lots of cornfields, though my guess is Nebraska or Kansas may win out. Those are states synonymous with farming
butterflybee260: giggle gifbutterflybee260 on May 15th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)

If it's Nebraska I'm going to my sister's for the summer and stalking him. ;)
The Writers Denmusewriter on May 15th, 2011 05:56 am (UTC)
Does your sister need an extra babysitter?;)
Bee: Zac – CStC photocall - tree bgjeezbee on May 15th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
If they are seeking out state incentives which I would assume is extremely likely for this type of movie, Iowa (where the film takes place), Kansas or Nebraska aren't really an option since none of these states have active incentive programs.

Ohio is an good option though; their incentive program is pretty good too.
Bee: Zac – 4th July - in front of roadjeezbee on May 15th, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)

I'm really happy this worked out. Bahrani is just a fantastic director to work with. Roger Ebert called him last year "Director of the Decade" and each of his 3 movies made Ebert's respective annual Top10 list. It'll obviously won't be a movie which makes a lot (or potentially any) money but it'll be great opportunity for Zac to learn and for his credibility.

My only concern is time conflicts preventing him to do both. I assume that his schedule would work for both movies when he committed but things often slip for a few weeks and both movies have time constrictions (Bahrani's needs the corn & Sofia Vergara and Tobey Maguire have other late summer obligations which they need to meet as well). Because I really want him to do both. So, fingers crossed.
Bee: Wowzersjeezbee on May 15th, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
Also, I really recommend watching Bahrani's last short:

It is part of the Futurestates series, a series of short films centered around the idea of taking current social and environmental problems, and extending them forward in time.

This is the description from the official Futurestate site:
This short film by American director Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo) traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of its beloved maker, and tries to grasp its purpose in the world.

In the end, the wayward plastic bag wafts its way to the ocean, into the tides, and out into the Pacific Ocean trash vortex — a promised nirvana where it will settle among its own kind and gradually let the memories of its maker slip away.

Criterium Cast reviewed the entire series shown at SXSW (incl. Bahrani's Paperbag) here.

It's really worth watching.
nahbruhbeeonkaa on May 15th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
S W E A R this was his short, I mean obvs. it says so in the opening credits but seeing as how I was clueless to his name til last week...

My bffl had me watch this with her last month for a paper she had to do (environmental studies major) && needless to say it had my full attention ♥. I almost wanted to write her paper for her tbh (but lol who am I kidding.) Such a clever story, great metaphor && bringing humanity && an emotional core to a plastic bag? Genius.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 16th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
i actually am going to make a post about that short because of this hilarious, accidentally ~sublime~, comment on fb about zac's casting.
zaccy23zaccy23 on May 15th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)

Well if this is true, I've never been happier to live in Illinois:)
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 16th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
Get it, girl!
nahbruhbeeonkaa on May 15th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
E X C I T E.

calcified && I were just talking about this the other day && she told me it most likely wasn't going to pan out due to The Paperboy :3 Y A Y! Zef, reacquaint yourself with my heart, it's decided it wants to care about you again.
lilly4848lilly4848 on May 16th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hey, there's corn in southeast Virginia and Northeast NC!! Sweet silver queen....OMG, it is SO good. Would be even better with sweet Zac running through it.