Zac Efron Lines Up a New Workplace Comedy at Warner Bros
by Ethan Anderton
July 13, 2010
After singing, dancing and making tween and teen girls alike swoon all over him, Zac Efron has taken some very grown up steps toward a prosperous future in Hollywood by gradually moving away from that Disney image and into some very interesting projects. At only 22 years-old, Efron is the youngest actor to have an overall deal with Warner Bros. where he already has one project on his slate. Now THR adds another one to his workload at WB as the studio has just picked up an untitled workplace comedy which Efron will star in and produce. Jason Filardi wrote the script who also penned Efron's first real comedic venture 17 Again.
Story details weren't given out, but the project is another in a group of endeavors set up between WB and Efron's own company which has since been given the name Ninjas Runnin' Wild Productions. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. In addition to this new comedy, Efron's company is also working on previously announced projects like the remake of the Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash, a time travel driven story called Einstein Theory and an adaptation of Fire, a graphic novel from Brian Michael Bendis. In addition there's a project I don't remember hearing about called The Art of the Steal, a project centering on a master thief based on the Wired magazine article by Joshua Bearman.
I gotta say, all of these projects sounds pretty promising for Efron's career as an actor and producer. Unlike certain other teen stars, it seems like he's got his head on his shoulders and won't sacrifice his career for the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown. This line of projects alone makes me a lot more optimistic about his future rather than say another up and coming teenage heartthrob named Taylor Lautner, but alas, teenage girls will keep him around for at least a few more years. Is anyone interested in Zac Efron's future projects?
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Way to go for Zac Effron. I wasn't aware he had his own production company. You're right. It's good to see him taking himself seriously as an actor and businessman unlike other teen celeberites. Some of his projects sound interesting. Let's see where it goes from here...
Eli on Jul 13, 2010
What a stupid and immature name for his production company.
peloquin on Jul 13, 2010
He was quite good in 17 again and I really liked him in Me and Orson Welles. I definitely think he has potential to have a very good career similar to how DiCaprio came into his own from his teenage heart-throb years.
the weatherman on Jul 13, 2010
The Weatherman has a crush on Zac Efron... Good for Efron but i think the things he's producing sound more promising that the things he is starting on.
almartva on Jul 13, 2010
The dude seems to have actual talent, unlike most of the teen stars out there. He reminds me of DiCaprio in a way. I actually really enjoyed 17 Again. Awesome company too. Hollywood needs a little freshness.
RT on Jul 13, 2010
@ Ethan Considering the thief in The Art of Steal is a twentysomething guy, I think he's attached to that as well despite it not being specifically mentioned in the THR article.
Alex on Jul 13, 2010
raza on Jul 13, 2010
I thought he was a lot more talented than the other people in High School Musical. Good to see him working.
Sabes on Jul 13, 2010
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