Warner Bros has been as stingy as any major on handing out overall production deals to actors in recent years. But I’ve learned the studio has just given a first look 2-year deal to Zac Efron. And Warner Bros plans to buy pitches, spec scripts, and books for Efron and his still unformed company to develop as star vehicles. His manager, Alchemy Entertainment’s Jason Barrett, will be an exec producer on the projects.
At 22, Efron is by far the youngest actor with an overall Warner Bros film deal. I’m told he hasn’t named his company and is still working out details like whether he’ll take office space on the lot. My insiders said the studio has been high on him for several years, especially his hustle on the New Line film « 17 Again » which he promoted heavily in six overseas territories.
Warner Bros is determined to find him a franchise. Which begs the question whether he’ll be the next DC Entertainment superhero, or Bourne-like action thriller leading man, or buddy comedy co-star, or all, or none. True, Efron has made a determined effort to steer away from his « High School Musical » teen heartthrob image, dropping out of a « Footloose » remake to attach to Universal’s serious dramatic vehicle « The Death And Life of Charlie St. Cloud » releasing this fall.
But one of Zac’s upcoming projects I’ve already announced will be the first developed under his new Warner Bros – the Back To The Future-like film, as yet untitled, that melds two projects: a pitch from writers Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, and the other called « Algorithm » that the studio was already developing. [Source]
Zac Efron was spotted skateboarding in Sydney on 15 February 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• February 15 – Out & About In Sydney (x2)
Zac Efron heads to the beach in Australia for a day of surfing after smooching and shopping with Vanessa Hudgens.
Zac Efron was interviewed at the Australian « Kyle & Jackie O Show. » Enjoy the pics!
• Kyle & Jackie O Show (February 2010) (x4)
Enjoy watching this video of Zac Efron who was interviewed for the Australian « Kyle & Jackie O Show. »
Zac Efron, David Henrie and Logan Lerman – the three big names we’ve seen attached or mentioned when it comes to the reboot of the « Spider-Man » franchise. But just who do you think wants it most?
Zac, 22, dished to 2Day FM’s Kyle and Jackie O Show that he still wants the gig. He shared, “To be honest that would be a dream come true. I haven’t heard anything but of course any young actor would love to fill those shoes and they are big shoes to fill.”
He also had to squash any more rumors about him returning to East High School, saying, “I don’t know what else we could do, we graduated High School. It might be a bit redundant, we’re a bit too old and pretty soon what’s to stop us from doing Retirement Home Musical.” [Source]
Zac Efron participated in Oakley’s ‘Learn to Ride’ Surf Charity Event on 16 February 2010 in Sydney. Enjoy the pics!
• Oakley’s ‘Learn To Ride’ Surf Charity Event In Sydney 02/16/2010 (x134)
Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and some of their friends were spotted spending their time at North Bondi restaurant in Sydney on 16 February 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• February 15 – Leaving Oakley In Sydney (x10)
• February 16 – At North Bondi In Sydney (x8)
Hollywood heart-throb Zac Efron faced a sea of screaming fans before he could even reach the Bondi surf. The 22-year-old on Tuesday joined Australian pro-surfer Layne Beachley for a learn to surf promotion with surfwear manufacturer Oakley, after flying into the country on Monday with girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens.
Hundreds of fans lined the street, clutching notepads and cameras, as Efron arrived in a large black van. Squealing girls swamped the actor, crying out « I love you » as he ran into North Bondi RSL Club to change into a red Oakley wetsuit. The young star, best known for his role in the « High School Musical » film series, seemed overwhelmed by the attention, turning to Beachley and saying « I’ll just stand with you guys. »
He shook his head at the crowd of photographers, adding to Beachley, « It’s crazy I know. »
Security hastily assembled a metal barricade to keep fans at bay but they later poured through and followed the star onto the sand. Efron was quickly directed into a sand buggy with Beachley, heading to the south end of the beach, where he spent about half an hour in the water.
Balmain resident Craig Gill managed to place his four-year-old daughter, Petal, into the buggy for a quick snap with the star.
« She’s the only one that got a kiss, » Mr Gill said with pride. « We just happened to come down, and she’s the biggest fan of Zac. »
Event organisers said while Efron was causing commotion on the sand, girlfriend Hudgens snuck unseen into the restaurant North Bondi Italian Food to wait for him.
Oakley hosted the Learn to Ride surfing day to raise awareness and funds for the One Sight Foundation, a global project dedicated to improving vision through outreach, research and education. Australian professional surfers Tom Whitaker and Sam Page joined Sydney identities Lauryn Eagle, Maude Garrett and Nikki Phillips to take part in the campaign. [Source]
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were spotted leaving Oakley surf store in Sydney on 15 February 2010. Enjoy the pics!
• February 15 – Leaving Oakley In Sydney (x9)