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May 16th
02:23 am
New project: Zac as serial killer Ted Bundy  
Casting news out of Cannes via THR & Variety:
Cannes: Zac Efron to Play Ted Bundy in 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile'

Joe Berlinger will direct the film, which will be told from the perspective of Bundy’s longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer.

Ahead of the release of his latest film Baywatch, Zac Efron has signed on to a new film project, and he'll be playing one of the world's most notorious serial killers.

Efron will star as Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which will be helmed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory).

Michael Werwie wrote the script for the project, which is told through the perspective of Elizabeth Kloepfer, Bundy's longtime girlfriend, who went years denying the accusations against Bundy but ultimately turned him in to the police. Only nearing his execution, when Bundy began talking about his extensive and heinous murders, did Kloepfer, and the rest of the world, learn the true scope of his numerous and grizzly crimes.

The script earned Werwie the coveted Nicholl Fellowship first prize and landed on the Black List.

Voltage is introducing the hot project — which paints Bundy as a portrait of evil yet simultaneously chillingly normal — to buyers in Cannes.

Nicolas Chartier and Ara Keshishian are producing via Voltage along with Michael Costigan (Ghost in the Shell, Out of the Furnace). Efron’s Ninjas Runnin’ Wild banner will produce alongside Michael Simkin and Jason Barrett.

Principal photography is set to begin Oct. 9. Voltage will fully finance and is handling international sales. CAA and UTA represent domestic rights.
“I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time,” Chartier said. “From his dramatic turn in ‘Paperboy’ to his hilarious performance in ‘Neighbors,’ he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn’t be more excited to see him in this amazing role.”
The project follows the dysfunctional relationship between Bundy and his long-time girlfriend Liz. Bundy, a killer and rapist of young girls and women who was notoriously charming, was executed in Florida in 1989.

Also distribution and release date news for The Disaster Artist via Variety
James Franco’s comedy “The Disaster Artist” has nabbed a distributor and an awards-seasons release date.

A24 is partnered with New Line Cinema on the movie, which will hit theaters on Dec. 1 for exclusive engagements in the U.S., followed by a nationwide release on Dec. 8. New Line parent Warner Bros. Pictures will oversee the international distribution, with release dates to be determined.

“Disaster Artist” screened in March as a work in progress at South by Southwest, where it received a standing ovation. Critics were impressed with Franco’s performance as Tommy Wiseau in the film about the making of Wiseau’s so-bad-that-it’s-good film “The Room.”
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 16th, 2017 01:26 am (UTC)
anna did say she didn't understand charismatic serial killers till she met zac sooo....
Incontinetia Buttlocksxvlmxx on May 16th, 2017 09:38 am (UTC)
I remember that. I think he's perfect for this role. He probably got tired of making stupid comedies in which he's 93% shirtless and realized he's going nowhere with that kind of roles. Funny or not, he's always going to be objectified. I know he said he because of that he signs for the movies, but it's time for him, to show the world how truly talented he is. Not just ''pretty face'' or ''abs''.
dewgdewg on May 16th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
Pretty cool and interesting project
Aliciapop86 on May 16th, 2017 11:35 am (UTC)
This is so perfect for him.
kleth on May 16th, 2017 02:43 pm (UTC)
Zac has been killing women for years. Now we can see him pretending to kill women on the silver screen for a change.
countessm3countessm3 on May 17th, 2017 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ha-hah! I said over a year ago he should play a serial killer, although I wanted him to be called "Babyface" in a D.C. Comics / Film Noir version (I can just hear Bogart as Sam Spade saying "The call him Babyface because he has a babyface, yeah" (Don't ask me to write a straight line. I'm only capable of comedy).

BUT, he'll make a damn convincing Ted Bundy all the same. If Ted Bundy looked like Zac Efron, he'd have killed in the 100's.
Beejeezbee on May 16th, 2017 03:46 pm (UTC)
I like this. I think it has potential.

For one, I love that he's trying to stretch and doing something dramatic for a change. And nobody can accuse him of playing it safe... this is a risk (serial murder movies can easily go wrong) but hopefully will pay off.

As usual, my main concerns about about director, writer and producers. It's not a slam dunk imo but can totally work. The director clearly has a passion for the crime topics having done great documentaries in that realm, so that's promising. I'm a bit more weary about the writer but sometimes newbies do write good scripts; plus, who knows what's been changed since then. Overall, I'm cautiously optimistic in that regard, hoping he's lucky this time around.

The way this was announced with financing in place and a very specific start date for filming, I hope this means they already have (or are close to) a greenlight and it will actually go into production unlike many other Cannes projects. Fingers crossed.

Also, this is getting way more media coverage than I was expecting considering this is just a small indie drama without any names except Zac. Good thing though.