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Peter Sollett will run away; Zac Efron snags the 'Cash'

April 14, 2010 |  7:19 pm

Two juicy pending deals moved forward in Hollywood in the past few days.Well, a few other deals did too, but we'll tell you about these -- one involving Zac Efron, which we'd previously told you about, and another involving director Peter Sollett, which we hadn't.

Runaw The first concerns Sollett coming on to direct "Runaways" for Marvel Studios. Deadline.com first broke the news that the director of "Raising Victor Vargas" had been negotiating to take the gig. That deal is now closed, we've learned, and Sollett (who also sat behind the camera for "Nick 'n Norah's Infinite Playlist") will take the reins for the story about a group of teenage superheroes who run away from home when they learn their parents are using their own power for evil.

The news is a heartwarming indie tale of sorts, showing that Sollett can grow into the big tentpole jobs in the same way that Chris Nolan and others have in recent years.

The second piece of news involves "Snabba Cash," the hot Swedish crime movie that we first reported a couple weeks back was set to go to Warner Bros. for Zac Efron to produce as a starring vehicle. That one's closed now as well, and Efron will take on the story about a taxi driver who becomes a runner for a coke dealer. Troy Bolton's all grown up too.

--Steven Zeitchik

Photo credit: Marvel Comics