Zac Efron to Smuggle Cocaine in WB's Remake of Snabba Cash

April 14, 2010

Zac Efron

You're not the only one who doesn't know what's up with wacky that title. Heat Vision reports that remake rights to this Swedish thriller sparked a huge bidding war in Hollywood and it looks like the winner is Zac Efron (also attached to star) and Warner Bros (the home of Efron's new production company) along with producers Charles Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle (The International) of Atlas Ent. Snabba Cash is a new Swedish film based on a novel by Jens Lapidus that follows three interconnected storylines involving drugs and organized crime, and would have Efron as a financial wiz who becomes drug runner.

Apparently the property sparked interest at the Berlin Film Festival. Later, filmmaker Daniel Espinosa and his film were showcased to bring in offers and luckily they poured in like "snabba cash," which apparently just means easy money. This project is so in-demand (Universal, Summit, Paramount, Fox, the Weinstein Company, and Mandate were all bidding on it) that the deal has a "progress to production," or "short fuse" clause, which means that if Warner Bros sits on it for too long, the rights will revert back to the producers. But with WB's big move to make Efron their next big action star, I don't think getting this project off the ground with him attached will be too hard. Sound good? Anybody seen the original Snabba Cash?

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  • Paulo
    *cue unfounded hate for Zac Efron because he's good-looking*
  • Sharlto
    Yea he's not that bad, he just needs to do some more serious stuff like this
  • Shane
    Forget the "High School Musica"l stuff, Efron has actual acting chops. Everybody's gotta start somewhere. He was really great in Me & Orson Welles. I bet deep down he wants to shed his HSM image pretty bad, and I don't blame him, and this is a step in the right direction.
  • People's Champ
    I'm giving the guy a chance. Waiting to see Me and Orson Wells whenever it comes out on dvd.
  • Mags
    All I know is that Joel Kinnaman, (playing lead in Snabba Cash) is one hell of an actor, he will get big.
  • ryderup
    Why do all swedish "blockbusters" get american remakes? :) And yes, snabba cash means "easy money" or literally "fast money"
  • M
    Nope never saw the original since it just came out this year in Sweden!!! Poor Sweden everyone just taking their movies and remaking them for American audiences. All this does is at least put the movie on the map for me, so I will watch the original, since I have no problem reading subtitles unlike others.
  • As long as he's not dancing and warping the minds of children.
  • Mr.Cookie
    #6 Becuse they actually have ideas Hollywood doesn`t even bother to make up of their own?
  • Martin
    I'm swede and I've seen the original, it's great and Joel Kinnaman is very good actor! I like Hollywood doing the remakes but please choose a fitting actor instead! This is embarrassing, Zac is probably a good actor, but he doesn't fit in this movie! :(
  • Hallie
    #10 You should be proud that someone in as high demand as Zac Efron is interested in this movie from your country, not embarrassed because Zac got chosen. If anything, it's an honor to your country's filmmaking business that someone like Zac is playing the role. He is the future of leading men, just you wait. The talent of an actor lies in his ability to convince people that he's someone he's not. And i believe Zac has the talent to do so.
  • L
    "You should be proud that someone in as high demand as Zac Efron is interested in this movie from your country, not embarrassed because Zac got chosen. If anything, it's an honor to your country's filmmaking business that someone like Zac is playing the role." LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL Thanks needed that laugh. They should be honoured? Plz cut the crap, if it was a legend or someone doing something, then it is an honor. Zac Efron has proved nothing as yet, so until he does, cut the crap about honor.
  • badeboom
    "Entourage", "Orson Welles", winning rights for a movie - seems like Efron is really serious about his future role in the biz.
  • Martin
    I'm in no way honored, he could probably do a good job, but I'm not honored that he's going to play JW. I don't know who I'd rather see do the the role, but please not Zac! Zac I'm begging you please let someone other than you play JW!!
  • McQueen85
    @Hallie Umm... I think you're mistaken this thread for this one
  • Sofie
    I have seen the original movie and it sucks if you have read the book, who by the way is the most amazing book I have ever red. I'm really happy that Zac Efron is gonna play JW (who is my favorite in the book/film) I'm a little suprised tho, I can't see this film be so big that it is the right for Zac, but maby it will, time will show... I really recomend all to read the book, all of them actually since it is three. But the first book is the best.  (Sorry if it is a lot of writing error here, I'm from Norwegian you understand)




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