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Zac Efron and Brian Michael Bendis to adapt the Graphic Novel FIRE

Zac Efron is trying to change his image in Hollywood. He wants to be taken seriously as a serious actor, and not just that guy from High School Musical. I imagine that's a hard image to break away from. To do this it seems he is taking on some very different projects.

He's attached to star in Universal Pictures' adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel Fire, from Image Comics.

In the film, Efron will play a college student who is recruited by the CIA, only to find that he has been trained for a program that creates expendable agents.

Bendis will write the script for the movie. Neil Moritz will produce with Circle of Confusion's David Engel. Efron and Alchemy Entertainment's Jason Barrett will be executive producers.

Efron has also made another deal with Warner Bros. in which he will star in a Back To The Future-like film that mashes up to projects, one called Algorithm that the studio was already developing. Director Nick Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will produce along with Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff. Alan Riche is exec producer along with Efron and Barrett.

What are your thoughts on Efron taking on the lead role in Fire, and trying to leave his High School days behind him?

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