VARIETY.COM – Zac Efron is in talks to join Dwayne Johnson in Paramount’s “Baywatch” comedy, which is based on the 1990s TV show.
Seth Gordon will direct the movie. Johnson will also produce the pic along with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Montecito Pictures and Beau Flynn are producing as well, while Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonnan will exec produce.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script.
Although plot details are currently vague, sources close to the project reveal that the studio is taking a comedic route with the film. Production is expected to start in early 2016.
Efron has become a box office draw over the last few years, with 2014’s “Neighbors” hauling in $150.2 million in the U.S. ($268.2 million worldwide).
Efron just wrapped production on the Chernin comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” alongside Adam Devine and Anna Kendrick. He can be seen next in the Warner Bros. DJ pic “We Are Your Friends.”
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Universal Pictures is moving ahead with a sequel to the Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy “Neighbors” with a May 13, 2016, release.
The duo and Rose Byrne will re-team with director Nicholas Stoller for the sequel.
The original was a surprise hit with $269 million in worldwide grosses.
Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce under their Point Grey Pictures banner. Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien will serve as executive producers alongside Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake.
Writers include Cohen, O’Brien, Rogen, Stoller and Goldberg.
“Neighbors 2″ will open against Paramount’s “Friday the 13th” and a week after Disney/Marvel launches “Captaain America: Civil War.”
HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Lionsgate announced release dates for two upcoming projects: sequel Now You See Me 2 and roadtrip comedy Dirty Grandpa.
Dirty Grandpa (working title) will star Zac Efron and Robert De Niro, as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported during the Toronto Film Festival.
The comedy, which is slated for release on Dec. 25, 2015, follows an uptight, soon-to-be-married man who is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, a former Army general, to Florida for spring break.
Dan Mazer is directing the film from a script by John Phillips. Barry Josephson, Bill Block and Michael Simkin are producing.
The Lionsgate film will open up against other Christmas 2015 wide releases, including Mission Impossible 5, The Revenant and Joy.
NBC is taking another bet on Bear Grylls.
The network has ordered Running Wild with Bear Grylls, which is set to premiere on Monday, July 28. The unscripted effort will feature the British survivalist, who formerly starred in NBC’s Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls, as he takes celebrities including Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and Ben Stiller into the most remote locations for 48-hour adventures.
ach of the six hour-long episodes ordered will focus on a single celebrity — the others include NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, actor Tom Arnold and Today anchor Tamron Hall — as he or she endures the harsh wilderness with Grylls. Among the activities featured: skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, repelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland.
“Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity,” said Grylls, who added: “Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.”
NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy is similarly enthusiastic about the series’ potential: “Bear’s incredible spirit is absolutely contagious, not only with his celebrity partners but with the viewing audience as well. We can’t wait to see how these epic adventures will profoundly change those who take the challenge.”
Grylls, who has a significant international following, was introduced to U.S. audiences back in 2006 via Discovery’s Man vs. Wild. He has also authored multiple survival guides and has several endorsement deals and partnerships with companies including Gerber Knives. Discovery ended its relationship with Grylls in early 2012 after it was allegedly unable to get Grylls to begin work on two unannounced projects for Discovery, sources told The Hollywood Reporter at that time. He then returned to the network late last year with Bear Grylls: Escape from Hell.
Like NBC’s short-lived Get Out Alive, this series, which was created by Grylls, is produced by Electus (ABC’s Bet On Your Baby, NBC’s Food Fighters, TBS’ King of the Nerds) and Bear Grylls Ventures. Grylls will serve as an executive producer along with Electus’ Ben Silverman, Chris Grant, Corie Henson, Laura Caraccioli, Doug McCallie and Viki Cacciatore.