Director Anthony Mandler has been tapped to helm Media Rights Capital’s Die in a Gunfight. The film, said to be a “Tarantino-esque blend of Gossip Girl, True Romance, and Romeo and Juliet” has Zac Efron attached to star. The script was written by recent NYU grads Andrew Barer and Gabriel Ferrari and tells the story of the deadbeat son of a successful New York attorney who falls in love with the daughter of his father’s nemesis.
Deadline reports that Mandler, a photographer who has previously helmed commercials and music videos, will direct the film, though it’s not known how soon the flick would start production. I think Efron’s a fine actor when he chooses the right projects, and I’d much rather see him taking risks with this kind of material rather than star in another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. The actor recently wrapped Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve and is attached to star in an untitled romantic-actioner from screenwriter Matt Drake.