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Oct 7th
08:37 am
Signed still from 'The Paperboy'  
Quick note that there was a New Year's Eve screening last night and it seems like a few fans/attendees on Twitter enjoyed it.

Now from sarahmilner1 (via twitter), a cool pic from The Paperboy:

Also, just a small note about some random blip on the radar project rumor. It quite likely won't amount to much... but I've noticed on a couple private industry development sites a tie to a possible project called Selling Time.

The project has been in development at Fox for a long time and it was rumored first that Will Smith was interested and then later Tom Cruise. At various times Spike Lee and Forest Whittaker were attached to direct, but neither seem to be involved now.

It appears to have been reconceived to feature a younger actor. Originally about a father saving his daughter from murder, the logline now reads "A successful go-getter who, on the heels of his girlfriend’s accidental death, gets the chance to relive the day and change the circumstances so she does not die. Each day something horrible happens which he has the opportunity to right the following day," and Zac is listed as cast.

There is clearly some movement as it has come up in Production Weekly a couple of times over the past few weeks and the project recently had an open-writing assignment posted. Some of the details on the old scripts I found on message boards are kind of weird. Granted I haven't read the older script versions to judge for myself, but the premise is intriguing and changes obviously would have to be made so they might lose some of the more odd elements if needed.

Whether or not this is a rumor or 'just a meeting' or if Zac is actually involved now or will be when/if they ever make it, who knows. But just fwiw.

In one major way the premise is very similar to All You Need is Kill which has long been a project I have dreamed Zac might get to do. In All You Need is Kill a rookie soldier gets stuck in a time loop during a massive battle, forcing him to relive the same day where he dies over and over again. Much like a video game, he works each time to improve his skills until he succeeds in breaking the loop. WB is developing that one. It was recently rewritten and is supposedly being fast-tracked with an offer out to Brad Pitt for some role (likely the sergeant imo).

It's funny how some things come together so fast but then you have things like this project or like The Paperboy, where both have been in development for ten years. Some of Zac's projects have bigger time-constraints because the lead he's supposed to play is college age or whatever but it makes me wonder which will come together more quickly and also which won't ever come together. I don't know what film I'd be most happy to see happen first... he has so many interesting projects in development.
Mood: hungryhungry
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annabelle83 on October 8th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I just read an article saying that Warner Brothers now wants Tom Cruise for the lead in ALL YOU NEED IS KILL. Even though the protagonist is about nineteen in the original Japanese novel, they are apparently aging the charater to suit big stars like Pitt and Cruise. While I'm a huge fan of Cruise(I don't care how "crazy" he is. He's The Ultimate Leading Man. There's no one who can command screen like him.), I'm little disappointed that nowadays studios doesn't give chance to young actors. The same old actors are still dominating big movies.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 9th, 2011 12:25 am (UTC)
yeah i think the studios are kind of screwing themselves over. i understand their trepidation since few young actors have sold a movie on their own name. but i think relying so much on old actors is a very temporary, and not always successful, fix. though i also think they can't shove someone down our throats a la taylor lautner or even ryan reynolds.

the story is great with a young actor playing the young soldier. that is a fundamental part of the plot... like the guy is a n00b and sucks so he dies and has to live the day over and over again till he gets better. idk how you rewrite the story to make that work for an older dude, especially one that looks like tom cruise. idk. it just doesn't work for me and if they do that, in my opinion it is no longer an adaption of all you need is kill.

my hope, whether zac is involved or not, is that they just bulked up the sergeant role and have sought out a big name like brad pitt or tom cruise to help the young actor carry the film. it just works better for the story lol.
annabelle83 on October 9th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
I only read the book, so I have no idea how much it differs from the script. Its main plot is about an unskillful young male soldier and an unusually skilled female soldier, and I don't know how they can make the sergeant role any bigger. I can't see any huge A-list actors agreeing to play second fiddle to a young lesser name actor. And Warners needs a big star to headline this movie since they'll probably need big budget due to big alien battle scenes. Therefore, I think they'd rather change the role and script to fit Cruise or Pitt even if that means sacrificing the story. It's really sad that those "already dominant" againg big actors are now taking over roles that should go to young actors.
annabelle83 on October 9th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
*aging big actors
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 9th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
i do think they could augment the sergeant role but not too much. though i could see brad pitt doing it, he'll take kind of smaller roles if they are interesting.

i don't know that warners needs a big star. they need a good movie. if studios figured that out, they'd solve a lot of their problems where they are wasting massive amounts of money.
kleth on October 10th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)
"i don't know that warners needs a big star. they need a good movie."

Thank you. Could this be displayed on a long banner, like over the red carpet at the next Academy Awards blow-out? So many of these folks are so busy designing a "package" that they forget that a really good movie will sell tickets even without big stars, but a really bad movie will bomb even with big stars.