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Nov 3rd
09:24 pm
'Autobahn' update  
We knew there had been recent progress made on Autobahn because of some tweets quoting Eran Creevy, director/writer, out of the London Screenwriter's Festival:


But it appears as though Zac is no longer a part of Autobahn. IM Global, production company and financier of the film, has updated its page on the film in advance of AFM it seems. It now says, "Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Amber Heard, Jean Reno."

No official confirmation of this yet, of course. But it seems to be backed up by a fuller account of Creevy's comments at the London event that I found after seeing the IM Global page:

Welcome to the Punch’ was well liked especially for it’s look and Eran’s next project Autobahn was then green lit with Zac Effron [sic] in the lead but when he needed to withdraw from the project Eran took the time to improve the screenplay by bringing in a new writer to go over it while he focused on directing and finding a new lead. The project is currently set to begin shooting next March with Nicholas Hoult and Amber Heard now set to star.

So that's that. I'm kind of glad, it always seemed an iffy proposition (e.g. how do you film on the autobahn at all or at a low enough cost?) and other films like this haven't always done well and since Zac's basically unproven in this genre and Amber isn't much of a draw, it would have to be not just good but exceptional to find an audience.

Now if we can just find out what he is doing next, that'd be great, lol.

p.s. I'm so tempted to make a post just to document the lulzyness of this not!Zef imposter in Times Square. Cackling.
Mood: amusedamused
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Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on November 4th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
After re-reading the plot, I feel relieved (?) he isn't apart of it anymore lol
annabelle83 on November 4th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
I admit Autobahn doesn't necessarily sound like a good movie, but it stings that Zac lost another action movie role to a fellow actor. He tries really hard to do different roles, but Hollywood refuses to cast him outside of romantic movies. People should not blame him for "choosing bad movies". It's not his fault at all. He's not less talented than Shia Labeouf or Nicholas Hoult. It's just that people haven't forgiven him for HSM movies. His likeability among the general audience is almost as low as Twilight actors and Tom Cruise. That's really unfair because people hate him without even seeing his movies. He's actually incredibly charming and likeable in movies.

I really hope That Awkward Moment and Neighbors will help him get new audience. These movies won't help people to take him seriously, but he could start a new career as a comedic actor.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on November 4th, 2013 05:42 am (UTC)
It says he dropped out....

Dropped out =/= "losing out to a fellow actor"
annabelle83 on November 4th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
He dropped out? I don't know... To me, it seems the project was on hold because financiers had problems with its lead actor and script. If he can't land an action movie, he shouldn't be ashamed. The problem is the narrow-minded people in Hollywood, not Zac. Anyway, I think it's a good thing he's not going back to work so soon after rehab. It's so shocking to me that his drug use got a lot worse during the filming of three movies in a row. I thought he cared a lot about his career and wouldn't do things that may hurt his career. He needs to forget about career for a while and focus on his recovery. Can't believe it was just two months ago when I was getting excited about the idea he might be secretly filming something at that time. Right now, I just want him to take a break from Hollywood for a while.

Edited at 2013-11-04 10:14 am (UTC)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on November 4th, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
It says in the article "green lit with Zac in the lead but he needed to withdraw from the project"

Sounds like he dropped out willing which as we have seen from other projects dropped out of, this will be a good thing. See that Charlie Countryman movie, that Zac was once attached too, it doesn't look good. At all.
Bee: Zac – CStC - still - looking upjeezbee on November 4th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
I think it was good he took a bit of time to adjust to his new lifestyle but I'm not sure if it helps him taking a ~long~ break. Acting is what he loves and what he clearly wants to do, so "withholding" that from him might not be the best for his well-being either. Personally I think the long idle times he had were actually contributing to his downward spiral (the last few months/movies before rehab non-withstanding because the situation there was different). Of course only Zac knows when he feels ready to go back on set but going by the hints coming from his camp he wants to work; I wouldn't be surprised if doing promo is actually more stressful for Zac tbh, and he's doing that already again.
kleth on November 5th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
"I'm not sure if it helps him taking a ~long~ break."

I also think he is more at risk with a lot of leisure time. He places a lot of value in effort, so he really needs something to which he can apply himself. ("I never half-ass anything" [which may also explain the excesses of his hard-partying episodes]}.

I also wish he was back in a committed relationship. Being single just gave him more free time to hit the clubs. There's an interesting item in the People magazine story, easily overlooked, that says he went on an all-night strip-club bender in Las Vegas "when V left for New York." I can just see him at home alone during the past two years, watching Leno, and getting a call: "Hey Zac, whatcha doin'? Come on out, let's party!"

He needs to occupy his time. Work and a girlfriend will do the job.
countessm3countessm3 on November 8th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
He does need to direct his energies toward something, a goal of some sort, even if it is not official work. All that libido/energy he's got going on has to be funneled and directed or it will turn inward against him.

Generally recovering addicts are not supposed to get into a relationship in the first year. They're too effed up/unstable on the inside to be good partners. I say get into a relationship with his sponsor and with other clean / sober people, but not in an emotional relationship.

I'm afraid for him / with his relapsing on set, but I would like to see him engaged in activities. This is going to sound totally insane, but I think it would be therapeutic for him to build something. I'm talking Masonry/Construction. It's hard labor, but he's very tactile, very much in touch with his body and it's rhythm, and building something would draw his energy and focus his mind without being stressful. It would be something he constructed with his own hands, and something he could say he did. It would be a tangible achievement, something he could look at and say he did, rather than an abstraction the way film and writing are.
countessm3countessm3 on November 4th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
I totally understand why it got worse. It's the stress, the work hours (addicts do much better when they are on a regular schedule), the coworkers who use, the anxiety, the despair, the self-doubt - everything. It's at its worst when an addict is doing something they love - because they care so much, they have so much of themselves invested in it, they feel that everything is riding on this one production/painting/album/movie/story/etc. I think of Basil Hallward in Dorian Gray, and how he put so much of his soul into that one painting, and how in the end it destroyed him.
Bee: Zac – CStC - ani - blue t-shirt - talkinjeezbee on November 4th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Of course we'll never know the details or the whole truth but given the timing (the dropping out had to happen this summer around rehab time), Eran's comments (director comments in candid environments tend to be more honest than a press release) and the fact that Zac's replacement isn't much of a box office draw, it surely sounds to me that it was Zac's initiative. As I said below, as much as I want him to move away from the female-oriented genres, I don't think this particular movie would have done him any favors at all.

I don't think Neighbors is only about Zac being in a comedy but rather in a project which is interesting to people who aren't into chick flicks and them warming up to Zac. This is a good step into other genres imo; it's more a springboard (if he follows it up with non-female centric movies) than having a career as comedic actor.
kleth on November 5th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
"I don't think Neighbors is only about Zac being in a comedy but rather in a project which is interesting to people who aren't into chick flicks and them warming up to Zac."

A lot of people will go to see Neighbors because of the type of movie it is, without being very aware that Zac Efron is in it - unless they over-use him in the promos instead of Rogen. A lot of younger males like this kind of gross-out comedy, so that's an opening to show them that Zac doesn't just dance and sing and make their girlfriends shiver.
countessm3countessm3 on November 4th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
His likeability among the general audience is almost as low as Twilight actors and Tom Cruise.


Please tell me this isn't so.

Understand, I hate, HATE Twilight because it commodified both the gothic genre and the vampire genre and made a mockery out of it with its glow-in-the-dark, twittering, twinkling, effete, unmanly vampires (vampires are killers - male aggression is key to their psyche).

I would stake Edward through his big, gushy, sentimental heart.

Even when HSM was in its hay-day it never irritated or disturbed me, or made me want to deface one of the props at Walmart (I never felt like writing "Please kill me" on Zac Efron's t-shirt, for instance). At its worst it was kitsch (and the fact that my nieces thought HSM was the best movie in the whole world and Zac Efron was so dreamy made me roll my eyes). At its best it was just another movie I didn't want to see. I was never moved to hate it the way I was moved to hate Twilight.

So I don't understand the disdain for Zac from this point of view.

Also, to my knowledge Zac has never jumped up and down on Oprah's couch, is not a scientologist, does not have a vendetta against the psychiatric community, and does not regularly date and marry with a five year contract, at which point he divorces and buys a new wife.

So, I don't understand the disdain for Zac from this point of view.

The condom drop might have caused a temporary ruckus, but that had a short shelf-life.

So I don't understand why the hate is, unless men are just jealous that he can pull women with a flick of his finger and they feel that he *shouldn't* be able to do that because he does not fit their idea of a robust male. In this case, these men have a poor understanding of the female psyche.

Can someone explain to me why is popularity is so low? I've attempted to embody the position of the other, and still can't understand the basis for it.

Edited at 2013-11-04 04:23 pm (UTC)
kleth on November 4th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
"I've attempted to embody the position of the other, and still can't understand the basis for it."

For once, I have no answer; it's a mystery. He seems perfectly lovable and radiates charm. Maybe it's me that's screwed up.
countessm3countessm3 on November 5th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
He seems perfectly lovable and radiates charm.
A perfect description of him.
laurenlipkinlip on November 4th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
so do we know what project zac will be filming next?
Bee: Zac - GQ - Jumping on Car 1jeezbee on November 4th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of glad he dropped out too. I don't mind Zac working with Creevy and I liked that it's finally a new, less romance-centric genre but the movie itself? The premise just sounded bad and none of the comparable movies have done well at all. Just look to Getaway as the most recent example.

I can't wait for Zac to do something a bit more action/sci-fi/adventure/etc oriented but this was not the right one imo. And it sucks for Zac having to sell a movie unlike many of his counterparts but the first one is so important because if it completely bombs, people will generalize and say the audience doesn't accept him in that genre and it will be a bigger setback than not having done it at all. If he had a franchise as fallback or were coming of a series of successes, the situation would be different but this particular project didn't seem like it would be the right one to me. As much as it sucks, I rather wait a little longer and get a project with more potential instead (hopefully).

I just hope that his next project, whatever it might be, isn't another romance/romcom (I'm looking at you, DIAG) - it appears he's finally making some progress with Neighbors towards acceptance from guys/non-fans and I hope this doesn't turn into a situation like after 17 Again where he also had the opportunity to move forward and "screwed it up" by doing the CStC, TLO and NYE trifeca.

I understand the reasons for the recent break but I'm with you wanting to know what he's doing next now, and as I said, hopefully not a romance/chick flick. :)
laurenlipkinlip on November 4th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
What kinds of films do u want Zac to film? From reading your posts it seems your against Zac doing rom com films idk
Beejeezbee on November 5th, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with many different types, I just know what I don't want for a while: female-oriented films like romcoms, romantic dramas, etc and bad movies/movies without much potential. That has less to do with personal preference but with the fact that it limits his career.

Going by his development projects, Zac wants to do other genres as well but with every chick flick he does, his typecast gets more permanent and harder to get away from. One of the reasons why he as trouble getting any action/sci-fi/adventure movies of the ground is because guys hate him due to the many female-oriented movies he does.

I'm happy with almost any type of film which has potential to be at least decent (ie good director, script, producer and premise) but I wouldn't want him to do female-oriented ones for a while (and admittedly horror which wouldn't help him either unless it's directed by Scorsese or DelToro) so he can get away from his typecasting a bit.

Edited at 2013-11-05 01:08 pm (UTC)
kleth on November 4th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
"I can't wait for Zac to do something a bit more action/sci-fi/adventure/etc oriented but this was not the right one imo....As much as it sucks, I rather wait a little longer and get a project with more potential instead (hopefully)."

As usual, you are correct. The real question is not why he dropped out, but why he signed up for this project in the first place.

Edited at 2013-11-04 07:33 pm (UTC)
countessm3countessm3 on November 4th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
Face Fusion
Zac and Colton need to have babies. I'm not sure how this would work, but it needs to happen.