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Aug 31st
06:25 pm
New project: 'Are We Officially Dating?'  
From Variety:
Efron to star in 'Are We Officially Dating?'
Actor attached to Tom Gormican's indie comedy

After flexing his dramatic muscles in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" and Ramin Bahrani's "At Any Price," Zac Efron has signed on to star in writer-director Tom Gormican's romantic comedy "Are We Officially Dating?"

Treehouse Pictures' Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen are producing the indie pic with Scott Aversano and Andrew O'Connor, while Michael Simkin, Jason Barrett, and Manu Gargi will exec produce. QED International is handling international sales. Pic will start production this November in New York City.

Gormican's script, which appeared on the 2010 Black List, follows three friends in Manhattan who make a pact to remain single just as they each start to fall in love.
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annabelle83 on August 31st, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
So, he decided to go back to work than continue to wait for better project...

Does it have a director attached? It may take months to start shooting.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 31st, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Does it have a director attached?

Tom Gormican

Edited at 2012-08-31 04:35 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - annabelle83 on August 31st, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 31st, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Well there's work that some wanted Zac to desperately get, lol.

Didn't jeezbee mention this project in a previous post?
Beejeezbee on August 31st, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did. It was very predictable.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 31st, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
i was afraid of this shit happening.



hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on August 31st, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
sorry to be a debbie downer... just not AT ALL the type of project i was hoping he'd do. it is mediocre all-round.

if this was kind of a random thing like LA while he was doing more credible work around it then i'd be a little less annoyed about it but as the only thing to look forward to (esp since TIWILY is off the table for now) it's just like... really? maybe if it ends up being followed by more interesting casting news i can step back from the ledge about this... hopefully.
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Bee: Zac – CStC - ani - crying 1jeezbee on August 31st, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
I mentioned that I hope he's not doing this project in the past... the good thing is he'll be off working but that's about it for me.

Since many probably don't want to read my frustration about it and why I don't like the project, I'll put it in a spoiler tag - click on your own risk.

[Spoiler (click to open)]I guess the run had to end. After really liking his last 3 choices (The Paperboy, At Any Price & This is Where I Leave You), I can't say I'm thrilled with this one.

For one, it's a rom-com... imo, it's too soon to get back to the romance thing. I really would liked him to stay away from it longer. But that aside, I don't like the script itself much and I'm weary of the director as well.

Let's start with the positive before I go into why I didn't like it. The main character, Jason, is actually decently developed which is a nice change to some scripts Zac has been going after in the past. And I can totally see why Zac likes the character from a personal POV. The dialogue is fairly ok and I guess it has some actually funny bits. On a technical level, the script is solidly constructed. There is nothing ~wrong~ with this script, the problem is just....

It's soooo unoriginal, boring and non-memorable. Completely predictable - you know exactly how every subplot is going to end the second the characters show up.

If there is a definition of been there, done that - it's this script. It's like every other indie rom-com from directors and cast you never heard before. There is nothing in the project I can see which stands out from the 35765416875 bazillion similar projects. If it had at least an interesting director, I could see that this could turn into a ~special little rom-com~ but idk.

This script is like a 90-minute version of a TV sitcom and has approximately the same cinematic value.

It's 3 guys talking about women in their apartments, the office and a few bars/restaurants. The female characters are more stereotypes than real characters (which doesn't help make this movie appealing to women since they have really nobody to identify with) - and they are all totally cliché. Nothing surprising about any of the women (or the guys for that matter).

It's a very talky script and very little happens - just like a TV sitcom. That makes the movie cheap to produce but then you need to have something original to set yourself apart, and this movie does not have it. That said, the script isn't awful; it's not like NYE or TLO. It's just completely non-memorable... which you can overcome in a studio rom-com but it's much harder for a small indie.

The other issue I have is that the roles in the movie don't lend themselves to an interesting cast to give the movie credibility. It's sort of an ensemble rom-com with Jason (presumably Zac's character) being the most central character of the 3 guys. Normally, indies benefit that they have established and credible actors in many roles. But here... you have the 3 guys, 3 related love interests, 1 small boss role, 1 other small male supporting role and that's about it aside from real bit parts. If Zac takes the lead, you need 2 more male actors in his age group (probably slightly older considering the characters) who are willing to play second fiddle to Zac. I can't think of many known actors who have comedy chops, credibility and are willing to play those role for little money. Even more so the female roles - those characters are stereotypes. Indies stand out because you either have a great cast or director (like At Any Price has Bahrani or The Paperboy has cast & director) or at least an interesting premise... nothing which I really see here.

I hope it turns out better than it looks to me right now.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 31st, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, if this isn't a good movie why would it be on the 2010 Blacklist?
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zacefronfan26 on August 31st, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome news a new project Let's hope this is true.
annabelle83 on August 31st, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Zac didn't look all that happy at the AAP press screening, and he seemed very envious of Maika when Bahrani mentioned she got to work with Sofia Coppola and Jason Reitman after AAP. Zac must be the one who's disappointed with his career, much more than we fans are. I just hope Zac gets to have a lot of fun working on this film. I'll support Zac and this movie.
redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on August 31st, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
S I G H

This is even more depressing right after reading that IndieWire interview.

Oh well.
Beejeezbee on August 31st, 2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
There is nothing challenging about that role. He can do it in his sleep.
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lil2muchWwwLisam on August 31st, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Eventhough i don't want him doing this, its pretty much set. (filming begins in november) again hoping he drops out. have a bad feeling about this.
butterflybee260: cranky!Trinkbutterflybee260 on August 31st, 2012 06:12 pm (UTC)

Oy.
ryanefronryanefron on August 31st, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
well to contrast the extreme negativity in this post by practically everyone, i think he's making a move thats smart for where hes at now. hes smart with the past roles hes chosen recently, and im sure that this one wont be any different.

and did anyone take note that the movie is now a TT on twitter?
personally im excited, because he always makes his movies entertaining and worth seeing more than once. Thats something that cant be said for alot of actors these days.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on August 31st, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I saw that, and I like, whaaattt lol
kleth on August 31st, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING?

Maybe the first thing they should rewrite is the title. What a dog. The answer is Yes or No, and no one cares which it will be. Or worse, you can guess that the answer is Yes and that's how the movie will turn out. Yawn.
countessm3countessm3 on August 31st, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
As long as he's working, I'm happy. I support him in whatever projects he takes, as long as he takes something. Something is better than nothing, and tis better to be industrious in the present than wait around for a unpromised gift in the future - that whole a bird in the hand and something about a bush.
The Writers Denmusewriter on September 1st, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
I feel like he says one thing and does another sometimes. I have no problem with a rom com every now and then but when he sits in Venice and says he wants grittier, more challenging roles, it's a contradiction. Long story short, whoever is advising him on projects to choose to advance his career is not doing a very good job.

Also, legit question here...is it normal for someone's manager to be so heavily involved in producing their movies? I know Jason is associated with Ninjas Running Wild as well but I've always wondered why. And I thought Michael was his assistant, not a fellow producer.

I'm just confused lol
annabelle83 on September 1st, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Tom Cruise also set up his production company with his manager Paula Wagner, and they produced a bunch of movies together(most of them were Tom's star vehicles). I think it's quite common in Hollywood that a star and their manager team up in production.

I feel like he says one thing and does another sometimes.

I think it proves Zac doing romantic movies is not his intention. People criticize him for making "bad choices" in career, but how can he make a good choice when he's not getting good offers? He's doing movies he doesn't really want to do because he can't get roles he wants.
kleth on September 1st, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
And let me introduce a note of gritty reality into this discussion.

He might prefer to do something else, but with TIWILY falling apart, this rom com is probably the only thing he can shoot right away, and he probably needs some income this year.

With two low-budget indies, last year couldn't have been too lucrative. He's got expenses, managers and publicists to feed, and even if he paid cash for his house, the property taxes must be spectacular.

It may be no coincidence that he chose to accept two clothing endorsements this year.

By the way, does anyone know who pays for all these film festivals? Not just Zac but his manager, publicist, security guy, etc. Travel, first-class hotels; this has got to add up.
redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on September 1st, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Isn't this one a indie too? I don't see how much this will help him.

Besides, as you said, he did two clothing endorsements this year and I really believe he made A LOT of money out of that.

I don't remember exactly how much but another brazilian brand, Colcci, paid millions to Ashton Kutcher for his ads so I guess Zac got more or less the same.
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The Writers Denmusewriter on September 2nd, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Publicists usually get paid a flat monthly retainer in most cases, I'd imagine his is pretty substantial. Clients have the option to go on hiatus too when they're not promoting (i.e. not pay) but for someone like Zac that's probably not very feasible.

Still, I doubt he has been forced to take on projects just to earn a quick buck.