Zac Efron has a production company: Help pick his next project!

Zac-EfronImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesLittle Troy Bolton is growing up. Zac Efron is clearly in the process of making the transition into actor-adulthood, and not just because he’s shed his proto-Bieber haircut and bared his envy-inducing torso on the cover of People. In the spirit of “If you want something done right…,” Efron has started up his own production company under Warner Bros.’ aegis, now with the admittedly not-so-mature name Ninjas Runnin’ Wild Prods. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company is set to produce a spate of genre-spanning films starring Efron, including an untitled workplace comedy by 17 Again writer Jason Filardi, the action-thriller Fire, a time-travel film called Einstein Theory, a remake of the Swedish film Snabba Cash, and a based-on-a-true-story heist flick Art of the Steal.

I think it’s smart of Efron to be making his own opportunities after graduating with honors from High School Musical. He has decent acting chops (especially evident in Me and Orson Welles), and the upcoming Charlie St. Cloud will test whether he’s truly able to open a movie by himself. At least this way he can personally manage what future roles he gets offered, and, judging by the list above, he’s definitely trying to diversify his portfolio. What do you think, PopWatchers? Does Efron have a bright future on the A-list, or perhaps the A-minus-list? Which of those in-development projects sounds the most promising to you? Vote in our poll below!

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  • ST

    He opened “17 Again” pretty much by himself so though I think “Charlie St. Cloud” will help confirm his status as a leading man, he’s already on the right track to becoming one.

    • Denise

      I agree. He just needs to start filming these movies.

  • isf

    I thought 17 Again had already proved he could open a movie by himself. $136 mi worldwide is definitely not a bad box office number.

    • katy

      True, it made money, but it stunk.

    • Miss Talk

      As an actor , there are not more than 3 ways to stay on the map:
      *working on blockbusters (Will Smith, Shia Labeouf); or being a bankable actor, no matter how bad the reviews can be (e.g:Eddie Murphy)
      **Working with critically acclaimed directors, even for supporting roles (Samuel L Jackson and Quentin Tarantino, John C. Reilly)
      ***Being a character’s actor, which means finding your path so that the audience could identify you and the directors could come straight up to you for a specific role (E.g: Tom Cruise for action/hero movies, Jim Carrey for comedic roles, Hugh Grant for romantic movies).
      As for Zac Efron, He should consider the third point; there’s nothing wrong in being eye-candy or playing a hearthrob. He wants to be a “serious” actor but there’s nothing really “dangerous” when you look at him, contrarily to Robert Pattinson or Christian Bale. IMO, he should go for the Hugh Grant/romatic-type; he’s young and he’s still have time to get more dramatic roles in the future.

  • Phil

    I think he should play Justin Bieber’s older and less attractive brother in a movie. That is a guarantee for WIN!

    • @Phil

      Less attractive than Justin Bieber? Whaaaa…?

  • Josie

    This is such a well rounded set of movies. I would throw in an animated kids movie and it is everything he needs for the next few years to set himself up.

    This kid is listening to the right people. I’m sorry, this young man…

  • jaclyn

    how about a porm film?

    • Phil

      Yes please!

    • Marc

      He would be perfect in Bel Ami collection!

  • Marc

    Ill watch anything he does shirtless and where he’s gay in the flick!

    • Karen

      I second that!

  • Annie

    Zac needs to do what Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt did at the beginning of their careers, work with reputable directors and actors (ie, Cruise with Scorcese and Newman, Pitt with Robert Redford) to show Hollywood that he is the real deal. He needs to hold his own with legends in order to succeed in Hollywood.

  • halla

    his reviews on 17 sucked tbh..yeah he can open but he has only proven his chops are decent. I’m thinking CSC just looks like your typcial chick movie. But these next few are pretty good choices.
    he needs to prove more than being able to take his shirt off.

    • Mark

      I think he’d make a an ideal lead for a new Back to the Future film playing the son of Marty McFly. Christopher Lloyd would be essential to reprise his role, Michael J Fox would possibly provide a cameo or non-lead role. The premise would be Doc Brown investigating why the future 2015 from Back to the Future 2 doesn’t match the actual 2015–implying that someone tampered with the timeline. Release year would be 2015, of course.

      • Phil

        Actually not a half bad idea.. seriously. But can Justin Bieber play his younger brother and they walk around shirtless for the entire movie? =)

  • Rachel

    I think its a good idea. I just hope he goes more of the Matt Damon route and pick good character roles rather than fall into the trap that Ben Affleck did by trying too hard to be a action hero and seen as someone other than Troy Bolton. Quiet subtle and thoughtful roles are more effective than too much flash.

  • halla

    exactly rachel..and auditioning for a role to prove yourself rather than buying every film you star in is far more rewarding.

  • tiana

    3 words for ya DANCING WITH THE STARS

  • Mike

    I just watched the Swedish movie “Snabba Cash” and read that Efron is set to star in an American remake… as much as my brain screams “noooooo”… it would be a good move for him. The role is a meaty one with lots of different aspects to it, and if the remake is as good as the Swedish original, it should get a lot of positive publicity for him.

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