DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has learned that Zac Efron will voice the dapper Fred, and Amanda Seyfried the preppy Daphne, in Warner Bros Animation Group’s Scooby-Doo feature film Scoob.
Tony Cervone is directing the feature, and Chris Columbus, Pam Coats and Allison Abbate are producing. Executive producers are Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Dan Povenmire and Adam Sztykiel. Pic will open in May 2020.
It’s the first time since Warners’ 2004 live-action take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, that the Mystery Inc gang have hit the big screen. In the new Scooby-Doo movie they team up with other characters in the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from the evil Dick Dastardly.
Previously announced for the pic is Will Forte, who will play Shaggy, Gina Rodriguez is Velma, Tracy Morgan is Captain Caveman, and Frank Welker will reprise the voice of Scoob, having been the voice-over for the hound in the 1969-1970 series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Seyfried is repped by Innovative Artists and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, and Efron is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.
Efron counts such hit franchises as The Neighbors and High School Musical series. He recently won great reviews for his turn as serial killer Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile which made its world premiere at Sundance and sold to Netflix for a reported $9M. Efron recently starred in Harmony Korine’s SXSW world premiere The Beach Bum. Last year he starred in the Fox hit musical The Greatest Showman. Efron’s films have racked up close to $2.5B at the worldwide box office.
Zac is set to lend his voice for Facebook Watch’s new original animated comedy Human Discoveries.
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick Set For Facebook Watch Animated Comedy ‘Human Discoveries’
DEADLINE – Facebook Watch’s new original animated comedy Human Discoveries has set Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick as its stars. The forthcoming series, which will debut later this year, comes from Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee with ShadowMachine founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley (BoJack Horseman, Final Space, Pinocchio) and Ninja’s Runnin’ Wild co-producing.
Human Discoveries features a group of friends living at the dawn of human civilization. Of course, they’re the first to discover necessities like fire and the wheel. But, much more importantly, we’ll watch as they stumble onto humanity’s best, and worst, innovations. Art. Alcohol. Fashion. Racism. Small talk. And, much to their confusion, monogamy.
Efron and Kendrick have some experience in the animated voice-acting world. Efron lent his voice to Univeral’s animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax while Kendrick voiced Princess Poppy in DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls franchise.
Joining Efron and Kendrick are a strong roster of comedic actors Lamorne Morris (New Girl, Valley of the Boom), Jillian Bell (Rough Night, 22 Jump Street), Paul Scheer (The League, Fresh Off the Boat), and Friends and The Comeback icon Lisa Kudrow. Efron and Kendrick will also serve as executive producers alongside Bruno, Lee, Campodonico, Bulkley, Kirk J. Rudell, Jason Barrett and Mike Simkin.
Netflix has bought the U.S. rights (and some international) for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Zac Efron Ted Bundy Pic ‘Extremely Wicked’ Sells To Netflix – Sundance
DEADLINE – After staying quiet for the most part during Sundance, Netflix has emerged, taking U.S. rights and some foreign for Voltage Pictures’ Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile for a reported $9M. Pic, directed by Joe Berlinger, tells the story of mass-murderer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) but seen through a viewpoint of his imagined innocence. Lily Collins plays his devoted partner, with Haley Joel Osment, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Angela Sarafyan and Jim Parsons also starring. An awards season theatrical run is planned.
The 2019 Sundance Film Festival lineup has been announced! Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile will premiere at Sundance.
SUNDANCE – Park City, UT — The nonprofit Sundance Institute announced today the showcase of new independent feature films selected across all categories for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 24 – February 3, 2019.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile / U.S.A. (Director: Joe Berlinger, Screenwriter: Michael Werwie, Producers: Michael Costigan, Nicolas Chartier, Ara Keshishian, Michael Simkin) — A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years. Cast: Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Haley Joel Osment, Kaya Scodelario, John Malkovich, Jim Parsons. World Premiere
EXCLUSIVE: Kate Hudson (Almost Famous) and Craig Robinson (The Office) are set to star in writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) third feature Blood Moon, which is being produced by Oscar-winner John Lesher (Birdman) via his Le Grisbi banner.
Zac Efron is in talks to join the intriguing fantasy feature, which will chart the story of a girl with strange and dangerous abilities who escapes from a mental asylum in New Orleans. CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science will be selling to buyers at the AFM.
Set in hedonistic streets of New Orleans, the film is inspired by fantasy-adventure movies of the ’80s and ’90s. It is understood to pair strange, violent, and humorous sequences with a range of music from heavy metal to Italian techno. Production is set to begin in spring 2019.
Lesher said, “Lily’s unique vision and poetic style sets her apart from the pack. She is truly one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.”
Amirpour blasted onto the scene in 2014 with her vampire debut A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. She followed that up with desert-set fever dream The Bad Batch, which won the Special Jury Price at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. She recently directed the UCP pilot Briarpatch for executive producer Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot), plus episodes of Noah Hawley’s Legion, Bad Robot’s Castle Rock, and Jordan’s Peele’s upcoming reimagining of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access.
She is represented by CAA and Alan Wertheimer; Hudson by CAA and Untitled Entertainment; Efron by CAA and Alchemy Entertainment; and Robinson by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.