Zac Efron to Star in The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud
by Alex Billington
March 25, 2009
We just announced earlier this week that Zac Efron was ditching the Footloose remake, and at the time, we didn't know what his replacement gig would be. Variety is reporting that Efron will re-team with 17 Again director Burr Steers on an adaptation of Ben Sherwood's novel "The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud". The book is about caretaker at a cemetery who manages to have weekly meetings with a younger brother (read: ghost) whose accidental death he feels was his fault. The most current draft of the script was written by Craig Pearce, with Burr Steers working on polishing up the script for Efron's involvement.
I'm not familiar with the book, but it's getting great reviews on Amazon. "'Charlie St. Cloud' is a tougher read in that it deals so openly with death, loss, and well, it is set in a cemetery. I finished the book in tears (as usual with this writer) and cried a couple of other times…. What amazes is that this kind of story--with life, death, the afterlife, etc… is so deftly pulled off. It largely avoids being maudolin or cliched. It is something of a miracle that this story works so beautifully." It sounds like a good book, somewhat similar to Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, but I'm not sure about the direction it's going with Efron and Steers.