The Baywatch movie is one of those projects that has been kicking around Hollywood forever, looking for just the right team to tackle it head-on. That seems to be happening, with Dwayne Johnson taking the lead for Paramount. Yesterday, it was announced that Zac Efron will be The Rock's co-star in the beachside action comedy. Shortly after word hit the Internet, Dwayne Johnson sent out a few select Tweets of his own, with one big promise to moviegoers.
Yes, The Rock insists that this version of Baywatch will be Rated R, something fans have been hoping for. Some have been hesitant to share their excitement about the project, but now it sounds like Paramount might have a pretty strong franchise contender on its hands. The tone and sense of humor has been compared to 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street. And it sounds like CHiPs, which is being directed, written and co-stars Dax Shepard alongside Michael Pena, is taking the same route. Now that we know Baywatch will have an adult sense of humor, and won't be a PG-13 outing, things are seeming even more hopeful.Read More
Zac Efron is in talks to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in Paramount Pictures' upcoming big screen adaptation of Baywatch. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Zac Efron's casting ensures the movie will start production in early 2016, most likely in February. The news comes just a few weeks after Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) signed on to direct.
The story follows a "by-the-book and very serious lifeguard," played by Dwayne Johnson who joins forces with a "young rule-flouting hothead" (Zac Efron) to try and save their beach from environmental destruction by an oil tycoon. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, which was originally written by Justin Malen. It isn't known how many other major roles are left to be cast for Baywatch, but there have been rumors that original Baywatch stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson may reprise their roles in cameo appearances.Read More
Just eight months after a report revealed that a sequel to last year's surprise comedy hit Neighbors may not come to fruition, Universal Pictures is moving forward with the sequel, setting a May 13, 2016 release date. Neighbors 2 will go up against Paramount's Friday the 13th reboot next May. Original Neighbors stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are all set to return for the follow-up.
The original Neighbors centered on Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Rose Byrne), who move into their first house together with their newborn child. Shortly thereafter, a raucous fraternity moves in next door, making their lives a living hell as this suburban couple goes to war with these hard-partying college kids, lead by Teddy (Zac Efron). Neighbors was one of the biggest comedy hits of 2014, taking in $150 million at the domestic box office and over $268 million worldwide, from just an $18 million production budget.Read More
Just a few weeks after 20th Century Fox set a July 15, 2016 release date for the comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Variety reports that Zac Efron has signed on to star. The story centers on two brothers who place an online ad to find dates for an upcoming wedding, which goes viral. The studio and producers at Chernin Entertainment are now seeking an actor to play Zac Efron's brother, hoping for results similar to the 2013 surprise hit The Heat, which paired Sandra Bullock with Melissa McCarthy.
Jake Szymanski (He's F***ing Perfect, Funny or Die Presents) is directing from a screenplay by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien, who wrote last year's comedy hit Neighbors starring Zac Efron. Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready are producing alongside Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). No production schedule was given at this time.Read More
Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in QED International's Dirty Grandpa. The story follows a young man (Zac Efron) who, just before his wedding, gets tricked by his perverted grandpa (Robert De Niro) to go on a road trip to Florida for spring break. The grandfather, a former U.S. Army General, tries to prove to his grandson that he is about to marry the wrong woman.
Dan Mazer, who has co-written the scripts for Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, Bruno and The Dictator, is directing from a script by John Phillips, with Barry Josephson producing. The project was initially set up at Universal Pictures, but now QED International will be shopping the project at the Toronto International Film Festival.Read More
Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in Robin Thicke's sultry "Blurred Lines" music video, have signed on to star in We Are Your Friends, which marks the directorial debut of Catfish: The TV Show star Max Joseph.
The story centers on Cole, a 23-year-old electronic dance music DJ who is working on what he believes is the next big revolutionary song. He meets an older, charismatic DJ who takes Cole under his wing, although their relationship gets complicated when Cole falls for his new mentor's younger girlfriend. While no details were given for Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski's characters, it seems likely that Zac Efron is playing Cole, while Emily Ratajkowski will portray the girlfriend.Read More