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May 21st
03:40 pm
Townies gets a director  
From the Hollywoodreporter:

Nicholas Stoller is in negotiations to helm "Townies" for Universal.

Nicholas Stoller, who most recently directed The Five-Year Engagement for Universal, is in negotiations to helm the studio’s planned Seth Rogen-Zac Efron comedy Townies.

Universal picked up the project in a bidding war in July, plunking down seven figures on the pitch from writers Andrew Cohen and Brendan O'Brien.

The story sees Rogen as a regular family man who lives near an alpha-male fraternity house and has to contend with a frat member (Efron) whose raucous behavior wreaks havoc on his life.

Rogen and his Point Grey Pictures partner Evan Goldberg are producing. James Weaver, Cohen and O'Brien are exec producing.

Stoller, considered part of the Judd Apatow crew, seems to have made Universal his home in recent years. He also directed Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall for the studio. He first worked with Rogen when the latter co-starred on the short-lived Fox series Undeclared and Stoller wrote a trio of episodes.
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Bee: Zac – CStC - lying in bedjeezbee on May 21st, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
I had been hoping that perhaps Greg Mottola might do it since he hadn't anything immediate lined up to direct until last week but Nick Stoller is fine too.

I'm glad it's moving forward even if there are still a number of steps until this can start filming.

Edited at 2012-05-21 10:58 pm (UTC)
annabelle83 on May 22nd, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
This is a studio fim, so does that mean this project will more than likely happen once it secures its director?

I was so excited about Die in a Gunfight, but it hasn't moved forward although it already has a director. I don't want the same thing to happen to "Townies". :(
Bee: Zac – 4th July - in front of roadjeezbee on May 22nd, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, no. Getting a director is just one of many steps in the process and of course it's better off than projects which never even get a director but it doesn't mean it's going to happen.

The good thing is that now the director can start working on it, so once the studio would greenlight it sometimes in the future, it can start filming within a reasonable timeframe.

The responses about the concept, cast and director are pretty positive across the board, so I think this movie has really a good chance to go ahead (if budget doesn't turn out to be a problem with everyone esp Seth getting pretty big paydays).

As for a timeframe... I wish they could go in front of cameras soonish because I think this would be a great project for Zac as well but there is the tiny hurdle of Seth and Even filming their directorial debut right now. It already has a release date next summer, so they will be tied up with filming and esp post-production for a while. Hopefully, they can squeeze this one somehow in though.
annabelle83 on May 22nd, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
This is a really great project for Zac. He'll play to his strength while playing against type. Praying that this movie starts filming soon and it turns out great.

Thanks for the reply!
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Like Zac will be playing an energetic character, yet playing "not the ideal guy" character.
kleth on May 22nd, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
"Universal picked up the project in a bidding war in July, plunking down seven figures"

In my innocent youth, I used to assume that when a studio paid real money to acquire a project, it would feel compelled to actually produce it. I guess I would never make it as a big Hollywood exec.

"if budget doesn't turn out to be a problem with everyone esp Seth getting pretty big paydays"

Since they knew who the two principal stars would be when they bid on this project, they must have considered the personnel costs, right? Or is that just my bare feet and bib overalls showing again?
Beejeezbee on May 23rd, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Well, they bought the project in a bidding war, so the salaries are higher than usual because they wanted the project and that's what it took. You always hope for the best and it was bought right after a few R-rated comedies made a LOT of money, so they saw the potential and were able to justify it.

But to get a greenlight, they will look at the "final" budget incl other cast, production etc once it reached that stage in the production and will decide if the expected box office justifies the costs. And that depends on many factors incl script, attached cast and their star power at the time of the greenlight and a lot of other factors - many of which you don't know at the time you pick up the project.

I do think this movie has a good chance but with the higher salaries comes a higher budget and higher BO expectations. So it all comes down to what Uni thinks the movie can make.

Long story short, yes, they knew about the salaries and it's surely possible with them but as usual, the higher the budget, the harder it is to get a greenlight.
annabelle83 on May 22nd, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Amazing news! This movie and Art of the Steal are my most anticipated movies from his potential future projects. :)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm glad there is some movement on this project. I was really looking forward to Zac in a Seth Rogen movie.
zacefronfan26 on May 22nd, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)
OMG This amazing News.
countessm3countessm3 on May 22nd, 2012 10:27 am (UTC)
This looks like it will be funny as hell, and I definitely want to see it. It's probably my most anticipated project of Zac's.
what in the worldpolly_amore11 on May 22nd, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Most definetly looking forward to this one. Let the fun and games begin!
zacefronfan26 on May 22nd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Now I want to know when The Filming date is Hopes it's sometime this year. Going to be Kinda Cool watch Zac play a Bad Boy Party Animal.