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Sep 30th
08:49 pm
Zac reteams with Dirty Grandpa writer  
From the Hollywood Reporter

Zac Efron Tackling True-Life Wall Street Story 'Straight to Hell' (Exclusive)

'Dirty Grandpa' writer John M. Phillips will pen the script about the world of investment bankers based on John LeFevre's book.

Zac Efron is diving into the wild world of Wall Street. He's producing with Paramount a film loosely based on John LeFevre's Straight to Hell.

LeFevre's now-infamous @GSElevator Twitter feed provided an inside look at the real world of international finance, based on conversations in the Goldman Sachs' elevator. After hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an investigation to identify the person behind it all. LeFevre's book, which was published in July 2015 via Atlantic Monthly Press, gives readers an unapologetic and darkly funny account of his life as a globe-conquering, win-at- all-costs investment banker.

The deal is in early development, but Efron also is eyeing the project as a possible starring vehicle for himself.

John M. Phillips, who penned the Efron-starrer Dirty Grandpa, will write the script. Efron will produce via his Ninjas Runnin Wild banner along with Doug Banker at Paramount
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Bee: Zac – CStC - ani - squeezing eyesjeezbee on September 30th, 2016 06:52 pm (UTC)
As I said back in February, the project is pretty meh and the script of Dirty Grandpa was one of the worst elements of an already bad movie. And it's not like the writer has done anything to redeem himself or show promise ever since - at all. I wouldn't care if Zac is just producing but if he wants to star... do not want.

But I'm going to reiterate what I said back then, he can develop it all he wants, I don't think it's going to happen and with that writer it's even less likely imo.

Not only do the other people not give me confidence in this progressing to a greenlight but the story and character are so been there, done that as we discussed back then. Another partying douchebag is not what Zac needs either if you ask me (yes, ik, nobody does... that's pretty clear by now).

He seems to build a decent relationship with Chernin through Mike and Dave and Greatest Showman right now, so why not try get involved in Silk Road instead. It's also in the financial world and based on a real story but it would bring something new to the table. And he would be a decent enough fit for Ross Ulbricht, esp age-wise. It's actually pretty crazy story and has a decent potential for a 3rd act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road_(marketplace).

Anyway, the one good point is that he's working with Paramount but that alone is not worth this project. Even theoretically it would be far off since it's early dev, so fingers crossed he finds a few good projects in between and loses interest in this.

Edited at 2016-09-30 06:56 pm (UTC)
kleth on September 30th, 2016 07:52 pm (UTC)
"so fingers crossed he finds a few good projects in between and loses interest in this."

Since none of his other production projects have managed to bask in the glow of a Green Light, I'm not too worried.

I kind of like the fact that he did Dirty Grandpa because it's so repulsive in so many ways. Can Zac ever star in a worse movie? Now that he's proved that he's willing to do anything a script of director requires, he can move on.

Another Wall Street party-hearty story? You're right. No one is going to put any production money into such a tired subject, unless the script is unbelievably fantastic. I am reassured when you report that this guy couldn't write a suicide note.

Oh well, it keeps Zac and his pals occupied with meetings and such. But Ninjas Runnin Wild is beginning to look like an Elephant's Graveyard for movies "in development."
Bee: Zac - Interview Mag w/ woman coloredjeezbee on October 1st, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
The fact that other projects have not made it further yet, is really nothing that unusual. I think I mentioned it several times but it's really hard for actors' production companies (small companies with little staff and no discretionary funds etc) to get things off the ground. This is not limited to Zac, eg. Leo's company was founded in 2001 and in their first 6 years produced only 2 movies too (in 2004). Only after like 10 years, they started to produce regularly - and Leo has much more respect, leverage and prestige than Zac. Same applies to other actors who have now successful production companies - it takes a very long time.

And his company isn't even doing that badly. They produced TAM and have the MTV show in production now. And while they are not officially listed on DGP they were involved too (Michael is one of the producers).

That only a small percentage of movies gets made is not limited to Zac either. That is 100% normal. Even among studios or big established production companies. It's the normal numbers game.

That said, I do think it has partly to do with the development projects Zac picks (whose premises sometimes seem to be difficult sells even for actors with more star power than Zac) and in this case, additionally with the writer he got on board.

There is a reason why established writers get more movies in production... their scripts tend to be better. And the script is the base for a studio to spend more money for further development - or not.

Anyway, I'm not worried about Zac having too many dev projects or some of the projects dying. I do want him to pick more interesting projects - for development and otherwise. I wish he would get some directors early involved in his dev projects though; that seems to be much more promising (well, if the director is any good).

Another douchebag party guy with drugs, sex and excess is not what I am interested in; and this doesn't even have an interesting story or a narrative at all. A collection of amusing anecdotes does not equal a good plot for a movie. If this were Sorkin writing, I can see how he can make a good script out of it but we're talking about the DGP writer whose go-to for "funny" is using as many dirty words as possible.
Beejeezbee on October 14th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
I just mentioned Silk Road in this comment 2 weeks ago and now the Coen Brothers signed on to rewrite the screenplay. Which makes this project even more interesting. Right now, they are only writing but who knows if they might take on directing duties afterwards as well.

Can Zac please get involved here? This is an interesting project and he fits well enough.