Zac Efron to Star in NARC As a College Student Turned Police Informant; Dennis Lehane to Pen Screenplay for Leonardo DiCaprio-Starrer TRAVIS MCGEE

     May 21, 2013

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Fox has picked up the life rights for true crime project, Narc, with Zac Efron (The Paperboy) set to star.  Efron will change it up from his run of rom-coms and play a college kid busted for cocaine who turns rat for the authorities.  He manages to continue his life as a student, fraternity president and lacrosse team captain, all while helping cops bust the bad guys on the downlow.  Deadline reports that Narc is being described as a college version of Donnie Brasco and that Fox will tap a screenwriter from the studio’s writers program.

Hit the jump for the latest news on the crime picture, Travis McGee, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

THR reports that Dennis-Lehane-imageDennis Lehane will write the screenplay for Travis McGee, which is based on John D. MacDonald’s 1964 mystery novel The Deep Blue Good-by.  The novel is the first in a 21-book series which features the salvage consultant Travis McGee.  The studio is looking to kickstart a possible franchise.  Dana Stevens and Kario Salem penned an earlier draft.

This marks the fourth pairing for Lehane and DiCaprio, and the first film treatment for Lehane that is not an adaptation of one of his own works.  It’s been more than three years since last we reported on Travis McGee, when DiCaprio was attempting to interest Oliver Stone in the picture.

Here’s the book’s description (via Amazon):

Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He’s also a knight-errant who’s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: He’ll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

McGee isn’t particularly strapped for cash, but how can anyone say no to Cathy, a sweet backwoods girl who’s been tortured repeatedly by her manipulative ex-boyfriend Junior Allen? What Travis isn’t anticipating is just how many women Junior has torn apart and left in his wake. Enter Junior’s latest victim, Lois Atkinson.

Frail and broken, Lois can barely get out of bed when Travis finds her, let alone keep herself alive. But Travis turns into Mother McGee, giving Lois new life as he looks for the ruthless man who steals women’s spirits and livelihoods. But he can’t guess how violent his quest is soon to become. He’ll learn the hard way that there must be casualties in this game of cat and mouse.

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