Zac Efron isn’t going to let fights with transients in L.A.’s Skid Row stop him from movin’ on up. The actor has been eager to prove his dramatic chops with a string of recent films including “The Lucky One,” “The Paperboy,” “At Any Price” and “Parkland.” Now he’s hoping to follow folks like Tom Cruise and Matt Damon, and put a John Grisham thriller on his bookshelf.
The actor has signed up to star in and produce the long-developing “The Associate.” Back in 2008, the project was over at Paramount with Shia LaBeouf attached to star and Tony Scott at one time linked to direct. Then a couple of years back the project surfaced again, this time with Adrian Lyne behind the camera. But it’s back the drawing board again, with a new writer being brought it to pen script before this one is shopped to studios so this could take a while. Here’s the Amazon synopsis:
Kyle McAvoy possesses an outstanding legal mind. Good-looking and affable, he has a glittering future. He also has a dark secret that could destroy his dreams, his career, even his life. One night that secret catches up with him. The men who accost Kyle have a compromising video they’ll use to ruin him–unless he does exactly what they say. What they offer Kyle is something any ambitious young lawyer would kill for: a job in Manhattan as an associate at the world’s largest law firm. If Kyle accepts, he’ll be on the fast track to partnership and a fortune. But there’s a catch. Kyle won’t be working for the firm but against it in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions. Now Kyle is caught between the criminal forces manipulating him, the FBI, and his own law firm–in a malignant conspiracy not even Kyle with all his intellect, cunning, and bravery may be able to escape alive.
Yep, sounds like a Grisham story. We’ll see how this version develops and if Efron can be the one to bring it to the big screen. [THR]