Fredrik Bond to direct romantic actioner

Zac Efron has firmly committed to topline Mandate Pictures’ untitled romantic actioner, and Swedish commercial director Fredrik Bond will helm, the shingle announced Monday.

Project, penned by Matt Drake, was originally titled “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” and was included on the 2007 Black List. Efron will portray a young man who travels to Eastern Europe and falls for an alluring young woman whose charismatic, dangerous ex from a criminal underworld stands between them.

Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions will produce along with William Horberg. Carlo Martinelli will co-produce and Mandate president Nathan Kahane and Dean Parisot will exec produce.

Bond has directed ads for Nike, Levis, Adidas, Guinness and Heineken and was nominated in 2004, 2008 and 2009 for the Directors Guild of America’s outstanding director in commercials.

Efron recently finished working on the Warner Brothers/Scott Hicks film “The Lucky One,” the story of a Marine who returns to North Carolina after serving in Iraq. He also just wrapped on New Line’s ensemble comedy “New Year’s Eve,” directed by Garry Marshall.

Lawrence Grey will oversee the project for Mandate. Lionsgate is handling international sales.

Efron is repped by CAA, Alchemy Entertainment, and Felker, Toczek, Gellman, Suddleson. Bond is represented by CAA and Management 360. Drake is represented by Original Artists.

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