A live-action adaptation of the cartoon series 'Jonny Quest' has been in development for some time, and Warners eyes 'High School Musical's Efron as the science prodigy with a taste for adventure. The studio was behind the adaptation of 'Speed Racer' for the big screen. Proving once again he's East High School's Most Likely to Succeed, Zac Efron now has a partnership in place to produce films with Warner Bros., according to Variety. The two-year deal could make Efron the star of another hit franchise.
A live-action adaptation of the cartoon series 'Jonny Quest' has been in development for some time, and Warner Bros. is eyeing Efron as the science prodigy with a taste for adventure. The studio was also behind the big-screen adaptation of 'Speed Racer.'
Efron starred in the winter release 'Me and Orson Welles,' directed by Richard Linklater. Though Linklater has some subversive teen comedies on his resume ('Dazed and Confused,' 'SubUrbia,' 'Slacker'), 'Welles' was not kids' stuff for Efron. As neophyte stage actor Richard Samuels, the 'High School Musical' star received good reviews, and co-star Christian McKay was nominated for BAFTA and Independent Spirit awards for his performance as the legendary Welles.
Later this year, Efron will be seen in 'Charlie St. Cloud,' a bittersweet tale of life in New England, co-starring Oscar winner Kim Basinger. 'St. Cloud' is Efron's second film with director Burr Steers, following last year's hit '17 Again.'
The folks over at Warner Bros. have been collecting leading men of late. Just this week, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were close to forming a production company on the Warners' lot. No word on whether Damon and Affleck will revive 'Project Greenlight' (man, we miss that show).