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May 22nd
01:56 am
New Project: 'Narc'  
From Deadline:
EXCLUSIVE: Zac Efron NarcFox has snapped up life rights for the true crime project Narc, based on the actual story of an All-American college kid-turned-police informant. Zac Efron is attached to star as a student, frat president, and lacrosse team captain who’s busted for drugs intended for a party, then secretly turns narc and helps the cops bust criminals while carrying on his campus life. Efron’s manager and producing partner Jason Barrett will exec produce with Underground-repped Doug Banker. They’ve got a very familiar friend in a high place in Fox exec Jason Young, who briefly departed the studio to help Efron establish Ninjas Runnin’ Wild in 2010 before returning as Fox’s VP of Production.

Narc joins a raft of Efron projects in the works which include Einstein Theory, Art Of The Steal, and the Snabba Cash remake, all set up at WB. As for Narc - described as a “college Donnie Brasco,” Fox is tapping a scribe from its writers program. Julie and Rick Yorn are producing for LBI and Matthew Reilly will co-produce.

Slightly longer description of the project from THR:
Narc, described as a college-set Donnie Brasco, centers on an all-American college student who was a big man on campus. He was the president of his fraternity and captain of his lacrosse team but got busted by local police when he was caught with some cocaine he was going to distribute at a party.

The police offered him a deal in which he would not be arrested if he became an undercover informant. The student then ended up living a secret double life while in college, wearing wiretaps and eventually putting away big-time criminals.
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redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on May 22nd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
lmao look at you being all optimistic!

And, yes, I've several friends who are Robert Pattinson fans and I see how frustrated they get too but sometimes I go to Zac's IMDb, look at the "Projects In Development" column and go:

and also:

But yes, I'm glad he is also doing other projects while he waits. 2013 has been great so far. Even We Are Officially Dating?, that I disliked inatially, turned out to be a good thing since Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller are getting a lot of attention lately.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
You do not understand how fully in support of AWOD I am since Zac and MBJ are in that together. I'm pretty excited for that movie just for them basically.
redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on May 22nd, 2013 12:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was pretty excited when steve montgomery was cast too :)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
ngl, I don't know who that is. Sorry :(
redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on May 22nd, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
oh it is his character in Chronicle, one of my favourite movies in 2012!
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm a bad MBJ stan for not knowing that
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
When Zac picks projects which look good, I'm always optimistic. Just when I think they have red flags, I can't keep my mouth shut. ;)

I'm still not a fan of the AWOD plot but the cast is really great and will hopefully compensate for the lack of originality. It would also work if a distributor picked it up for wide release which makes it way less important to be "different." We'll see.
annabelle83 on May 22nd, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
I'm optimistic about all of Zac's upcoming movies. AWOD has Imogen Poots who I adore, in addition to MBJ and Miles Teller. Parkland has supposedly an amazing script and the great editor Dylan Tichenor who was the editor of Zero Dark Thirty, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood, Brokeback Mountain, etc. I personally think editing is what determines a movie's quality. So I'm really excited!!
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2013 12:47 pm (UTC)
I was just saying to Cady the other day that this is the first movie where Zac has a really good editor which is great. I hope it makes a difference too. I also think that the role of producers is underestimated A LOT in fandom (not only Zac, most fandoms in general). They can be just as important as a director or writer.

I really hope that Parkland turns out to be a quality movie. The little that snuck out of the early test screening was positive but I'm trying to not rely much on it because it came from fangirls and those are often biased (even more so than "normal" test screening audiences which often do not reflect the public opinion once it's released either). Still, it's much better than the other way around. At least it has all ingredients to be a great movie. :)
laurenlipkinlip on May 22nd, 2013 11:11 am (UTC)
what problems do you have with AWOD?
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
I went into details in the initial post here. My opinion on the plot hasn't changed since then. They did get a good cast though and got even more lucky since Miles, Michael and Mackenzie could raise their profiles a lot with their Sundance entries since then.

Edited at 2013-05-22 12:36 pm (UTC)
laurenlipkinlip on May 22nd, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe the out come will be different? Just wait till the trailer is out and go from there? What's the worst that can happen with Awod?
kleth on May 22nd, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
"What's the worst that can happen with Awod?"

Think: The Paperboy. Good cast but not picked up for proper distribution; basically, straight to DVD.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 22nd, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
The Paperboy was in theaters. I would know since I watched it in theaters, and I don't live in NY or LA.
(no subject) - kleth on May 23rd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mirandagirll on May 23rd, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - mirandagirll on May 25th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Beejeezbee on May 22nd, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Stars can only afford so many movies which are perceived a failure within a certain timeframe (commercial and/or critical) before it has a negative impact on their career and what movies/roles they get offered in the future.

Outside of the fandom, people already think he has made way too many bad movies, and with every additional "bad one" (without several good ones in between) it will be harder for him to get good roles.

So, the worst thing which could happen is that AWOD turns out crappy and will add to people's opinion of Zac making bad movies (and hence not taking him serious or giving him a chance) and the industry thinking he might not be the star they thought he could be.

Of course I hope that despite my personal feelings it will turn out to be a good movie. But discussing what we think about Zac's movies and often Zac himself is what we do here; it's what everyone does. I mean, right now everyone talks about his currently filming comedy and that isn't released yet either; as a matter of fact, we know way less about that movie than I do about AWOD. I just personally take a more anaytical approach than others. And since I want Zac to have a long and successful career, I care about his movies being good and well received. If we didn't talk about Zac's movies before they (or a trailer) comes out, we would have little discussion.
(no subject) - sapphia on May 23rd, 2013 04:39 am (UTC) (Expand)