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?
Reader Feedback - 16 Comments
*cue unfounded hate for Zac Efron because he's good-looking*
Paulo on Apr 14, 2010
Yea he's not that bad, he just needs to do some more serious stuff like this
Sharlto on Apr 14, 2010
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.
Shane on Apr 14, 2010
I'm giving the guy a chance. Waiting to see Me and Orson Wells whenever it comes out on dvd.
People's Champ on Apr 14, 2010
All I know is that Joel Kinnaman, (playing lead in Snabba Cash) is one hell of an actor, he will get big.
Mags on Apr 14, 2010
Why do all swedish "blockbusters" get american remakes? 🙂 And yes, snabba cash means "easy money" or literally "fast money"
ryderup on Apr 14, 2010
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.
M on Apr 14, 2010
As long as he's not dancing and warping the minds of children.
Crapola on Apr 15, 2010
#6 Becuse they actually have ideas Hollywood doesn`t even bother to make up of their own?
Mr.Cookie on Apr 15, 2010
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! 🙁
Martin on Apr 15, 2010
#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.
Hallie on Apr 15, 2010
"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.
L on Apr 15, 2010
"Entourage", "Orson Welles", winning rights for a movie - seems like Efron is really serious about his future role in the biz.
badeboom on Apr 16, 2010
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!!
Martin on Apr 16, 2010
@Hallie Umm... I think you're mistaken this thread for this one http://www.waltdisneyboards.com
McQueen85 on Apr 17, 2010
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)
Sofie on Nov 10, 2011
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