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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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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.
kleth on May 23rd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
The Paperboy was screened in less than 200 theaters nationwide. You were fortunate (again). I had three choices, each 150-200 miles away.

But AAP opens tomorrow in a theater near me (less than 20 miles)!
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 23rd, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thus it was still in theaters making your initlal comment not true,
kleth on May 24th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
My initial comment was "not picked up for proper distribution." The key word there is "proper." I live in a metro area of more than 1 million people. We have opera, symphonies, world-class art museums and zoo, and also dozens of theaters. Not screening The Paperboy in even one theater in this area is not proper distribution.

Now I've got to run across town to see AAP. Whee!
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on May 25th, 2013 04:18 am (UTC)
The Paperboy played in Atlanta, Georgia. It made it that far south, not including Louisiana and Florida. So if you live in a metro area bigger than Atlanta, then I'm certain the movie played there. But you said "straight to dvd movie" which is wasn't, at all.
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.
Sapphirasapphia on May 23rd, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Yeah... you're right, as always... Your thoughts are always interesting to read, because I usually agree with you. And from your thoughts can be a lot to learn about the film industry.