Efron, Warners, Atlas win bidding war for Swedish thriller (exclusive)
Get ready for Zac Efron, the money launderer.
Efron is attached to star in and produce a remake of “Snabba cash,” the hot Swedish property that was the subject of a heavy Hollywood bidding war and has just found a home with Warner Bros.
Warners bought the remake rights for Efron to produce via the new Warners-based shingle he runs with manager Jason Barrett.
Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle are producing, along with original producer Fredrik Wikstrom. Michael Hjorth will exec produce.
“Snabba” is based on a novel by Jens Lapidus and was a major hit in its home country. The thriller followed three interconnected storylines involving drugs and organized crime, with the main character a young financial wizard (played in the original by half-American Joel Kinnaman, poised for an international break-out) who hopes to strike it rich quickly by becoming a runner for a coke dealer.
Many producers and companies were vying for remake rights to the movie, whose buzz began at the Berlin Film Festival. UTA threw a reception for the movie’s filmmaker Daniel Espinosa at the Hammer Museum in late March night and screened his movie.
From then, offers started to pour in like easy money (which is what “snabba cash” means in Swedish) from Universal, Summit, Paramount, Fox, the Weinstein Company, Mandate and Warners.
The deal, in the high six figures, has a progress to production, or “short fuse” clause, which means that if Warners sits on it for too long, the rights revert back to the producers.
Jon Berg is overseeing for Warners.
For Efron, repped by CAA and Alchemy Entertainment, “Snabba” represents the latest opportunity for the young actor to grow beyond the teen roles that made him a star. The project, the first acquisition for Efron’s shingle, also sends a signal as to the sort of high-level material with which Efron wants to be associated.
Tre Vanner Produktion, the banner behind “Snabba,” is repped by attorney Linda Lichter.