Moviezine spoke with the "Snabba Cash/Easy Money"-producer, Fredrik Wikström" about "Snabba Cash" in Cannes.
"What is the latest news you have heard about "Easy Money" with Zac Efron? We looking forward to it!
- How fun. I'm one of the producers to the re-make and I've strong believe in Zac in this role. He has fair wind right now giving that his latest movie did well in the US and that he has one movie in the competion here in Cannes this year: "The Paperboy". He's also more excited than ever to do the movie so it goes forward. I can't say more than that right now."
Take it with a grain of salt but here is some initial feedback from a buyers' screening of 'The Paperboy' which took place this morning in Cannes. From indieWIRE:
One of the Cannes competition’s most high-profile titles, Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” got some early exposure Tuesday morning when the film’s sales agents let a tight group of potential buyers and select critics into the Cinema Olympia on Rue Antibes. Millennium Films' pulpy thriller doesn’t receive its public Palais premiere until May 24, but interest has been high for Daniels’ follow-up to his breakout “Precious,” which won a pair of Oscars after its awards sweep at Sundance in 2009.
Early reactions suggest the film has more in common with Daniels' "Shadowboxer," an arty action film that left critics' jaws agape, rather than the crowd-pleasing "Precious." While there was praise for Nicole Kidman's performance as the trashy would-be lover of John Cusack's death-row inmate, one buyer described "The Paperboy" as a "trainwreck." Another gave the film a backhanded compliment: "It's a movie you have to see. You want to talk about it."
Acquisitions reps from Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight, CBS Films, The Weinstein Co., IFC Films and Focus Features were in the room Tuesday, along with star Matthew McConaughey and P. Diddy. The development creates the possibility that the movie will find a domestic distributor before its official launch Thursday.
Of course, Millennium does have a distribution arm, Millennium Entertainment. However, the preference would be to find a North American buyer; one source put the initial asking price as between $3.5 million-$5 million.
The film, adapted by Daniels from Pete Dexter's novel, stars McConaughey, Zac Efron, Cusack, Kidman, David Oyelowo and Scott Glenn in the story of a young man who returns to his Florida hometown in 1969 to help his journalist brother investigate the circumstances surrounding an inmate on death row. Regardless of how the film plays at Cannes, its movie-star cast and pedigree director make it a strong bet for a Stateside distributor, especially since its period story takes place in the sweat-soaked American south.
We'll get a better picture once the first reviews are out and perhaps we'll hear about a distributor before then.
ETA: According to leblogtvnews.com Zac, Nicole, Matthew & Lee will be on Grand journal à Cannes tomorrow (23 May 2012) at 7:05pm CET (1:05pm ET)