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May 16th
10:21 am
new project: autobahn  

From THR:

Zac Efron and Amber Heard have boarded IM Global’s chase thriller Autobahn, which Eran Creevy will shoot this fall on location in Germany.

M Global is fully financing and producing the film. Producing are 42’s Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken and Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. Chris Cowles and Chris Fenton of H2F will executive produce.

In the script, written by F. Scott Frazier and Creevy, an American backpacker (Efron) is hired as a pickup driver for a gang of German drug smugglers. But when a job goes awry, he’s forced to flee from his employers, leading to high-speed chases around Munich. Heard will play his girlfriend.

IM Global, which will shop the project to foreign buyers in Cannes, says Autobahn is in the spirit of Gone in 60 Seconds and Unstoppable.

More about the film…

An interview with Creevy from thisisfakediy.co.uk:

Although he wrote his first two features, Creevy is preparing to shoot someone else's script as his next film, the much-touted F. Scott Frazier screenplay Autobahn, which will go into production in Germany this year or next. "I went in and did the last draft of the screenplay. It's a weird action film: (500) Days of Summer meets Speed. It's about an American backpacker who gets embroiled with these drug dealers and has to get back across Germany to his girlfriend in Munich. It's this mad dash and tells their relationship in a Michel Gondry-esque way. Scott came up with these very cool transitions how it goes into their past; it's a very cut-up narrative about their relationship in a Blue Velvet way."

Casting on Autobahn is underway this very moment, although Creevy can't mention any names. "There's an A-list actor in America who watched Welcome to the Punch and responded to it very well. So I'm flying out to LA to meet him next week. When I mentioned him to my nan, she went 'Ooh really? He's quite hot!'"

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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 16th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
lol messy post but better than nothing. ty to lj app for at least letting me post even if i couldn't tag or anything.
Bee: Zac – CStC - ani - squeezing eyesjeezbee on May 16th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)

I like the fact that it's not a rom-com etc and he makes his first step into this type of genre but the project itself... MEH.

Why? Because everything involved is MEH at best. The premise is tired and generic - it has been done many, many times before and it doesn't sound like there is anything standing out or compelling.

Because Zac himself still has a credibility problem, he needs an actress (and/or director and/or other co-stars) by his side which can provide that imo, esp when it's an indie. I don't have anthing against Amber Heard but she's not an actress who gives this movie the necessary credibilty or critical attention. I hope that at least the supporting cast will bring that to the movie.

With the director I'm sort of wait and see - his first movie was supposedly very good, however his 2nd (and recent) is more similar to this one in type and the only praise it got was for its acting (no surprise it was led by James McAvoy and Mark Strong), style and action/car chase sequences but from my brief perusal of the reviews most said it was dumb and not very good otherwise. The co-writer's only other produced credit was The Numbers Station which was also very generic and not good. That said, I'll read the original script by Frazier later and see.

The producers don't instill much confidence in me either... looking at IM Global's produced movies on IMDb, they are mostly dumb and not very good thrillers.

It sounds like a movie Paul Walker would do (and just recently has done). And that is not a compliment at all (no offense in case any fans of his are here). And trying to headline a movie like this without any established action star to help him sell... not sure that will work, esp without a major studio behind. Considering this, I'm sort of skeptical that this movie will presell enough and happen - and I would be fine with that. But if it goes ahead, I'm sure he will have an absolute blast filming it and of course I'm hoping for the best.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 16th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
on one hand at least it isn't aspiring to too much plot-wise... that's the problem i think abduction had, tried to be more than it was and came off as a joke. on the other hand, it is possibly too simple. there really isn't much to it at all except an extended car chase. many action films are really black and white in terms of plot goals too but with enough character to back it up... which i'm not sure this one has.

idk. i'm really curious what creevy did with the script. and personally i don't have a problem with amber, her role isn't that huge or complicated.

but like you said, if it does happen, regardless of the end product, at least he'll have fun filming it. who doesn't want to drive a 25 year old ford festiva. or a murciélago.
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kleth on May 16th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
I think your analysis is spot-on. This looks like a project for the overseas markets, the kind of action flick you see at three-for-a-penny in the Redbox DVD rental machines. This might attract audiences in Portugal or Argentina, but it will be invisible in the U.S. market.

Zac needs to co-star with someone who has creds in order to sell an action flick (see Joseph Gordon-Levett in action movies with with Bruce Willis or Christian Bale). The people who want to see Zac for himself won't appreciate him much in an action movie; the people who want action won't be attracted to a movie by Zac Efron.

If this gets made without a major studio, I see it going straight to DVD.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 17th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
Personally, I'm just glad it's another project and that it isn't another NYE/TLO. And I quite like Amber Heard as well, so that's another plus for me. And like some of you have been saying, Zac will definitely have fun filming the movie as well as learning a lot from the director because wasn't the director nominated for a BAFTA for one of his previous movies? The director isn't a Scorsese, but he's not a complete nobody.

Overall, I'm pleased.
annabelle83 on May 17th, 2013 01:21 am (UTC)
It seems this movie is set to start production...? Judging from the news articles, CAA successfully negotiated the deal with IM Global and they already secured financing. And the director and the writer are tweeting like this movie is surely set to happen.

I actually like this project. The director seems to be a very promising new director. His recent movie 'Welcome to the punch' got so-so reviews, but they're not very bad. I think saying "dumb" is the least offensive criticism about an average action flick. lol

However, I do agree the synopsis sounds generic and IM Global's past movies are bad. Still, I'm glad they gave a chance to Zac to do a movie which is completely different genre for him. Major studios refuse to do that and they keep typecasting him in romantic movies. I hope 'Autobahn' turns out good and helps people to see Zac in a different light. I think the role itself is perfect for him to get his start on action/thriller genre.

Plus, I like they chose Amber Heard. She's like more talented version of Megan Fox. This kind of movies need not a critically acclaimed actress but a extremely sexy actress with okay acting ability. She's probably the bigger draw than Zac for this movie's target audience. lol
Bee: Zac - GQ - In Car 1 (full)jeezbee on May 21st, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Movies are often announced with start dates (esp at festivals) and everyone involved cheering but don't happen anyway. However, IM Global seems to have a bunch of output deals for key territories in place so they might go ahead without much market activity. Idk. I'll guess we'll have to wait and see as usual.

Don't get me wrong, I really like that Zac makes finally a step away from the romcoms etc and I know he has to start somewhere (and might not be a hit out of the gate); I'm just just not sure this is the right one. My biggest problem by far is the generic and tired premise (which also doesn't have much plot or surprises). I have no idea what they changed in the rewrite but the initial draft was as generic as the logline makes it sound. I also hope they gave other characters more screentime because a movie where Zac is alone on screen for like 70% of the runtime isn't the easiest thing for him to sell. I genuinely hope they improved the script to make it a decent project which can offer more than one big car chase.
Sapphirasapphia on May 17th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Even if it is the third sortable thriller thriller, Zac must start somewhere :) Let's wait and all will see. I'm glad the new project.

Edited at 2013-05-17 03:44 am (UTC)
countessm3countessm3 on May 17th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
He's working and getting paid for it. End of Story. - The Realist.

(We can all hope and dream, but at the end of the day, we gotta pay the bills. A steady paycheck as we aspire to something greater is a good thing.)
kleth on May 17th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
"He's working and getting paid for it. End of Story."

Well, it's not the end of the story but it is the beginning and allows the story to continue. I repeat my earlier amazement that Zac keeps lining up jobs. I want him to succeed, but he himself has observed that most young actors don't make it. Yet in his case, he keeps tripping over new movies to star in.

This raises another question for me. Zac is described as "an A-list" actor. Really? He is certainly a celebrity, but since HSM 3 and 17 Again, he hasn't had a real hit. He doesn't get booked for the flashy big-budget projects. So are the producers of Autobahn kidding themselves?

Edited at 2013-05-17 08:06 pm (UTC)
countessm3countessm3 on May 18th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
I never really understood that grading scale; besides, many A list actors aren't that impressive while some B/C/D actors are actually very good; they just don't want to sell their soul and lose their artistic integrity to be famous.
That's my opinion anyway, but if someone can explain to me the grading scale, I would greatly appreciate it.
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lilly4848lilly4848 on May 18th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
I'd like to go off topic briefly to mention something I saw tonight. You know we're always talking about Zac not wearing socks and wondering if it's a trend. Well, I just saw Will Arnett on Letterman. He was dressed up in a very nice suit, and when he sat down and crossed his legs, guess what? He had NO SOCKS ON.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 19th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
fair or not, i'm gonna give zac credit for this trend cause he's been doing it forevah, lol.
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iWorshipZEfroniworshipzefron on May 21st, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
It would be fun actually. I mean AutoBahn, I'd never offended by the co-star. I'm actually looking forward for the sets soon and lets see what happens..
countessm3countessm3 on May 21st, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
If it's anything like Fast and Furious, I'm game.

BTW - at some point Vin Diesel and The Rock are going to have to retire. They can't have them hobbling out of the old people's home to pull a heist or save the day. I think Mark Wahlburg will be good for it for a few more years, but there is a noticable absence of action stars out there. Will this movie give Zac an opportunity to show he can do action movies?