Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Zac Efron Lines Up Workplace Comedy With '17 Again' Producers

Zac Efron has graduated from "High School Musical" fame to a burgeoning career as a successful Hollywood producer.

The 22-year-old star is lining up a number of projects under his Ninjas Runnin' Wild Prods. slate at Warner Bros., the latest of which is an untitled workplace comedy that would have Efron re-teaming with Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, who were behind his 2009 hit comedy, "17 Again," and his big-screen breakout, "Hairspray," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

No plot details about the project have been released. THR reports that acquiring the comedy is one step in Efron's strategy to aggressively seek "vehicles and opportunities" for himself and his company. Other projects in development at Ninjas Runnin' include "Art of the Steal," based on a Wired magazine article about a master thief; "Einstein Theory," a time-travel tale set up for Efron to star in; "Fire," adapted from the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel about a college student pulled into a CIA training program; and "Snabba Cash," a remake of a 2010 Swedish noir thriller.

In a separate development, Variety reported that Efron has joined the voice cast of "Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III," which will debut on Adult Swim on December 12. Efron will play Anakin Skywalker, alongside an ensemble cast that includes many original "Star Wars" actors, including Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Ahmed Best.

"Robot Chicken" has released two previous "Star Wars" mash-ups, the last of which arrived in the summer of 2009. "We're telling more of a linear story this time that covers the series from start to finish," exec producer Seth Green said.

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