Dave Franco has always kept a quieter profile than his older brother James Franco. Still, he’s made his mark in a handful of projects, including just recently with “The Disaster Artist.” Apparently, Dave must have liked seeing James behind the camera, since he’s planning to follow in his footsteps.
Deadline’s story, details Franco’s move to co-write and direct “The Rental.” The horror/thriller will star his wife Alison Brie, along with Dan Stevens. Franco penned the screenplay with Joe Swanberg, who will also produce, along with a group that includes Sean Durkin. The story follows Brie and Stevens as a couple on a trip that presumably goes very poorly.
From the article:
Dave Franco is set to make his directing debut with the horror thriller The Rental, and Alison Brie and Dan Stevens will star with Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White. The film will be fully financed by Black Bear Pictures, which is producing along with Franco’s Ramona Films. Shooting begins April in Oregon.
Franco & Joe Swanberg wrote the script. Producing is Ramona’s Vince Jolivette, Elizabeth Haggard, and Dave Franco, alongside Black Bear’s Ben Stillman and Teddy Schwarzman. Joe Swanberg and Chris Storer are also producing and Black Bear’s Michael Heimler is executive producing along with Sean Durkin.
The Rental is a character-driven horror thriller about two couples who rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.
Alison Brie’s work on “GLOW” has earned her Golden Globe nominations. She also lent her voice to “The LEGO Movie 2” and “BoJack Horseman,” in addition to playing Franco’s girlfriend in “The Disaster Artist.”
Dan Stevens captured hearts as Matthew Crawley on the MasterPiece series, “Downton Abbey,” before moving on to stage and film. He starred as The Beast in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” and appears on the TV series,”Legion.”
Franco has an interesting project on his hands. The collection of talent onscreen and behind the scenes promises something high quality.