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AFM: Warner Bros. Picks Up Zac Efron Starrer ‘We Are Your Friends’

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Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to “We Are Your Friends,” in one of the first major deals inked at American Film Market.

Max Joseph’s (MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show”) feature debut, “We Are Your Friends” is a Working Title film toplining Zac Efron (“Neighbors”), Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) and Wes Bentley (“Interstellar”).

Studiocanal, who financed the film, is handling international sales and will be distributing in France, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, prexy of creative development and worldwide production, and Sue Kroll, president of worldwide marketing and international distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures.

“We are so delighted to be working with the visionary team at Warner with whom we are excited to begin working on making ‘We Are You Friends’ a cult movie reference worldwide for the young generation of today,” said Anna Marsh, Studiocanal’s head of international sales.

Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, pic turns on the tormented friendship between an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) and a damaged older DJ named James (Bentley) who takes him under his wing.

“We are so thrilled to finally be in business with Working Title, and know this is the beginning of a great relationship. The same can be said for Max, a wonderful new voice who will, hopefully, make many movies here,” said Silverman. “It is also thrilling to have our dear friend Zac back, as well as Emily, who will appear in ‘Entourage,’ and Wes, who is so wonderful in ‘Interstellar.’”

Kroll added, “The breadth and depth of our slate allows us to proudly bring features from every genre, scope and scale to our audiences, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to usher in Max Joseph’s fresh, raw image of a love story set in today’s modern-day music scene.”

“I couldn’t be happier to have Warner Bros releasing my first feature film,” director Joseph said. “Having their passion and expertise behind ‘We Are Your Friends’ is a dream come true.”

Pic is co-written by Joseph and Meaghan Oppenheimer based on a story by Richard Silverman.

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin are producing, with Silverman executive producing and Johanna Byer serving as co-producer. Randall Poster (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) is the film’s music supervisor.