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From The Wrap:
Zac Efron In Negotiations to Star in Max Joseph's Untitled DJ Project (Exclusive)

Working Title is producing the movie, which is set in the world of electronic dance music

Hot off the stunning success of “Neighbors,” Zac Efron is in negotiations to star in Max Joseph's untitled DJ project that will be produced by Working Title, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Written by Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer, the coming-of-age story follows a young DJ as he works on what he hopes is his first hit track.

Joseph is an up-and-coming filmmaker who co-hosts MTV's “Catfish” with Nev Schulman. The untitled DJ project will serve as his feature directorial debut following his award-winning “Follow the Frog” commercial and the acclaimed short documentary “12 Years of DFA Records.”

The director is currently auditioning hot young actors and actresses for the other lead roles, as shooting will begin this July in Los Angeles.

Working Title's untitled DJ movie won't be Joseph's first foray into the world of electronic music, as he previously directed the Aaron Weber-produced short documentary “12 Years of DFA Records: Too Old to be New, Too New to be Classic.” Released in 2013, “12 Years” recently screened at SXSW and received critical acclaim within both the film and music industries.

Here is the director's commercial mentioned in the article:

He also made a commercial for Toms. LOL

Here is also the short documentary "12 Years of DFA Records: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic"

More of his work on his website: http://www.maxjoseph.com/
17 17 comments Comment
Bee: Zac - Interview Mag w/ woman coloredjeezbee on June 5th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
First off, yeah for new work, esp for filming to start soon. That's a major plus.

Working Title is a good production company so that's good too.

I'm not familiar with writers or director, so I can't say much there and the premise doesn't blow me away but I guess there are worse projects out there. And since this is not a studio project, it won't be a make-or-break project; looks a bit like a filler to me but that's fine. I think it's important for Zac to get back to work and this accomplishes that. The other casting is going to be important though... it will determine in how the film is perceived.

I hope Zac has more luck with his first-time director. The other two haven't worked out that well, critically.

I'm a tiny bit worried about the premise around EDM having triggers for him but I guess I just have to trust him there and hope for the best.

Edited at 2014-06-05 10:35 pm (UTC)
laurenlipkinlip on June 5th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
can you explain your last sentence tho? how does dance music do that for someone whos in recovery when its just a movie?
Beejeezbee on June 5th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's really hard to explain in a few sentences. I recommend reading up on the topic. Google will bring you plenty of results.

Generally speaking, environments in which an addict used to consume drugs/alcohol heavily and hence the brain associates with the substance abuse can trigger cravings simply by being in similar situations/around similar people.

But as I said, I hope Zac knows what he's doing. And he also needs to learn dealing with it/them; he can't always avoid them all.
kleth on June 6th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
It is good that it's on a movie set. But the music and the scenes should ring some bells from all his clubbing nights.

That aside, jeezbee is right. He's got to develop resistance, as someone in the movie business and living in L.A., he's going to run into these situations all the time. I was worried about the after-screening parties for Neighbors at SxSW, where he had to stand around sipping his orange juice and looking like he was having a good time.
kleth on June 6th, 2014 06:37 pm (UTC)
"...yeah for new work, esp for filming to start soon."

Don't get too excited. This is another "in negotiation" story, like the recent "being looked at" report.
Bee: Zac – Details - plaid - profilejeezbee on June 6th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
The way this is announced and given the timeline and other circumstances, this is very likely happening. It might slip into August or something but this is not a development project or a simple rumor.