Actor Dave Franco is set to make his directorial debut with the horror film The Rental, which will find itself anchored by the presence of Dan Stevens and Franco’s own wife Allison Brie, according to Deadline. The film is being produced by Black Bear Pictures, along with Franco’s Ramona films, with shooting to begin as soon as April.
Franco wrote the script for The Rental alongside writer-director Joe Swanberg, who is known for his involvement in the low-budget horror scene. Indeed, Swanberg’s friend, director Adam Wingard, previously cast Stevens to great effect in the horror-thriller The Guest, back in 2014. This time around, the story is apparently “a character-driven horror thriller about two couples who rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away.” That certainly sounds like a Swanberg script, if we’ve ever heard one.
To Deadline, Franco said the following: “I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Black Bear and to be working with such an amazing group of actors for my directorial debut.”
Franco most recently appeared in If Beale Street Could Talk, and before that in the Tommy Wiseau biopic/comedy The Disaster Artist, while Brie has been anchoring Netflix’s Glow and also appeared in The Post and The Disaster Artist in a smaller role. Stevens, meanwhile, has wrapped up Legion, and appeared in the hugely successful Disney remake of Beauty and the Beast. Additional stars, presumably playing the other couple mentioned in the synopsis, include Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White.
We’ll bring you more information on Dave Franco’s directorial debut as it hits the web.