Zac Efron to Smuggle Cocaine in WB's Remake of Snabba Cash
by Ethan Anderton
April 14, 2010
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?