Commercial director Frederik Bond has been patiently awaiting the opportunity to make his feature film debut. At various times he's been attached to direct the comc book adaptation "Hack/Slash," the remake of Bong Joon-ho's "The Host" and most recently, the sci-fi flick "Year 12." But it looks like another film will mark his first feature outing.
Variety reports that the director is now set to get behind the camera for the action comedy, the formerly titled “The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman” starring Zac Efron. As we first reported last month, the film, said to be in the spirit of “Pulp Fiction,” follows Charlie, who after the death of his mother, heads to Europe to find himself. There, he meets a girl and falls in love. The trouble is she already belongs to an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal, but that won’t deter Charlie who endures one bruising beatdown after another to woo the girl and keep her out of harm’s way.
The film has been penned by Matt Drake, a scribe on the rise, who not only found his ‘Countryman’ script get approval from the folks who put together the Black List in 2007, but he’s also written the forthcoming, low budget, R-rated comedy “Project X” produced by Todd Phillips and Joel Silver. No word yet on when it will roll, but the film is expected to shoot later this year.