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Jan 22nd
07:47 pm
New comedy: 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'  
From Variety:
Zac Efron to Star in Fox and Chernin Comedy ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’

Zac Efron is set to star in Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”

Jake Szymanski is on to direct with Peter Chernin, David Ready and Jenno Topping producing for Chernin along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned the script.

Story follows two brothers who place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

Daria Cercek is overseeing the project for Fox.

Chernin and the studio will now look to fill the role of Efron’s brother and is hopeful this film has similar results it saw when it teamed Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy up for “The Heat."

As of now the movie has a release date set for 29 July 2016.
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kleth on January 24th, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
Potential, yes. But it will all depend on the writer(s) and director. This is a comedy of the TAM type - young singles in goofy relationships. If done well it could be a modest hit (if it also has a good release date, hopefully not competing with American Sniper), but if not done well and released on the right weekend, it will be a dud.

The same applies to the current project, Dirty Grandpa. Even names like Efron and Di Niro on the marquee can't ensure ticket sales. Frankly, movie making is such a crap shoot that I don't know why anyone would take the risk. I guess it's like slot machines - you almost never win, and when you do it's usually just nickels, but when you hit the big jackpot, it's huge. So the gamblers keep coming back and pulling the lever. And our poor boy has to earn a living in that lunatic environment.

Edited at 2015-01-24 07:50 pm (UTC)
Incontinetia Buttlocksxvlmxx on January 24th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)
The only problem is that Hollywood doesn't know how to write scripts anymore and everything is unoriginal(based on novels and books, remakes etc etc), or they try to make something original, but they fail miserably. Or they make a forced comedies, like they did with TAM. TAM wasn't that good imo. The worst movie Zac did. The movie needs someone who knows what they are doing with the script and directing. It's very rare to find that these days.

Ain't that the truth? Something tells me they should have stick to the original date of the release of DG. Or at least postponed to January next year and not August. Summer 2016 will be full of superheros movies.( I don't really follow anymore). Than again, who knows? Maybe DG will be a major hit just like Neighbors. Zac either picks the roles without thinking lately or maybe he thinks the comedy is truly his genre. Someone should say to him he should to more drama and thrillers. Playing the villain.
kleth on January 25th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
" Someone should say to him he should to more drama and thrillers. Playing the villain. "

I'm sure he says that to himself every night, when he says his prayers before bed.

I don't think the problem is that Zac chooses comedies in place of dramas. I think the problem is that he doesn't get offered many good dramas. He accepted parts in The Paperboy, At Any Price, and Parkland, and he turned in good performances, but none of them achieved wide release - and they may have been the only dramatic roles he was offered in the past 2+ years. (He has probably had "meetings" on other dramatic roles but in the end he wasn't given a chance to say yes or no).

I think he could play a villain very well. I suspect that he has a pool of anger he could draw on as an actor - anger at himself, anger at the business, at the paps, and so on. He just needs a chance to put that anger to productive use.
Incontinetia Buttlocksxvlmxx on January 26th, 2015 10:52 pm (UTC)
And that's what makes me sad. Only three movies with drama + WAYF if it counts, so that's four. Too bad those movies weren't so popular. Low budget indie movies.

I always thought he would make a fantastic villain. He has that cute little innocent face which is often perfect for villain-y roles. Seeing him in Neighbors made me convinced that he has so much potential for dramas and thrillers.

'' I suspect that he has a pool of anger he could draw on as an actor - anger at himself, anger at the business, at the paps, and so on. He just needs a chance to put that anger to productive use.''

Bingo! He would absolutely nail it if someone gives him the chance for some dark role in the future. His roles should be more like his character Teddy, but not funny. It seems that most of the people still thinks of him as a Disney kid instead of how he improved over the years and made a long way since HSM.