Zac Efron to Star in and Produce Workplace Comedy


Warner Bros. has picked up an untitled workplace comedy by Jason Filardi for Zac Efron to star in and produce, says The Hollywood Reporter. Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot are in negotiations to produce via their Offspring Entertainment.

Efron set up his production company Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Productions (NRW) at Warner Bros. in February and the trade says that the following are the other projects in development at NRW:

— “Art of the Steal,” set up at Warners three weeks ago, has Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park Prods. producing with NRW. The project, centering on a master thief, is based on the Wired magazine article by Joshua Bearman; the producers are out to writers.

— “Einstein Theory,” a time-travel story from Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski also is set up at Warners. Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and “Get Him to the Greek” director Nick Stoller are producing what is intended to be an Efron vehicle.

— “Fire” is based on the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel about a college student recruited to take part in a special CIA training program. Bendis is writing the adaptation, set up at Universal, with Neal Moritz and David Engel producing. Efron and Barrett are executive producing.

— “Snabba cash” is a remake of the Swedish thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa. The project is an Atlas Entertainment-NRW co-production, with Efron producing alongside Chuck Roven, Richard Suckle and Fredrik Wikstrom. Michael Hjorth and Barrett are executive producing.

Efron can next be seen in theaters in Charlie St. Cloud on July 30th.

Efron, also repped by CAA, next stars in the coming-of-age drama “Charlie St. Cloud,” which Universal opens July 30.