Dave Franco’s Next Directing Gig Will Be A Romantic Comedy Titled ‘Somebody I Used To Know’

Dave Franco got his start in Hollywood as an actor, but here lately he’s been focusing more on behind-the-camera work. He directed his first feature, The Rental, last year. The horror flick received mostly positive reviews from critics and topped the box office for a couple weeks.

Additionally, Franco helped produce A24’s ‘Zola’ film which also performed well with critics and did great numbers at the box office.

Thanks to his recent success, Hollywood is giving Franco another directing gig. It was announced this week that the 36-year-old will direct the upcoming rom-com Somebody I Used To Know for Amazon Studios.

He co-wrote the script with his wife Alison Brie, who is also set to star in this film, alongside Jay Ellis and Kiersey Clemons.

The film follows workaholic Ally (Brie) who, on a trip to her hometown, spends a night reminiscing with her ex-boyfriend Sean (Ellis), which makes her start to question everything about the choices she’s made and the person she’s become. And things only get more confusing when she meets Cassidy (Clemons), a younger woman who reminds her of the person she used to be.

Franco told Deadline that he and Brie were inspired by the classic rom-coms from the 80s and 90s.

Alison and I love romantic comedies and were inspired by the classics from the 80’s and 90’s. We couldn’t be more excited about working with Jay and Kiersey, who are both extremely natural performers, capable of bringing levity and drama in equal measure. And we’re so grateful to have partnered with Amazon Studios, who have been incredibly supportive in helping bring this project to life.

No word on when this movie is planned to be released, but we’re assuming sometime in 2022.

Dave Franco Will Co-Star Alongside Jamie Foxx In Netflix Vampire Flick, ‘Day Shift’

We told you a while ago about Jamie Foxx’s upcoming movie with Netflix. The film, Day Shift, follows Foxx as a hard-working blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a nice life for his daughter.

Little does everyone know…

His mundaneSan Fernando Valley pool-cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires as part of an international union of vampire hunters.

Oh sh*t, right? The script was written by Tyler Tice and is being directed by J.J. Perry, who will be making his directorial debut. He’s previously worked as a stunt coordinator on ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and ‘Bloodshot’

It was just announced this week that Dave Franco has joined the cast, along with Oliver Masucci, Steve Howey and Natasha Liu Bordizzo.

Chad Stahelski and Jason Spitz will produce for 87Eleven Entertainment along with Shaun Redick & Yvette Yates Redick for Impossible Dream Entertainment. Foxx and Datari Turner will exec produce as will Peter Baxter.

Not exactly sure when production is expected to begin, but you have to imagine it’ll be soon with these added additions to the cast.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

Dave Franco Talks About Playing Vanilla Ice In Upcoming Biopic

You may have heard reports saying Dave Franco was set to play Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic. For months, those reports were nothing more than rumors, but now we have official confirmation.

During an interview with Insider, Franco confirmed that he will be playing the rapper in the upcoming biopic, To The Extreme.

We have been in development for a while, but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction. With [‘The Disaster Artist’], people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of [‘The Room ‘director] Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was — that’s the tone we want for this one as well.

The script for this movie made The Black List in 2018, which is an annual survey of the most liked unproduced scripts of the year, voted on by studio and production company execs.

The description for the biopic reads:

From a high school dropout selling cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts and selling out as he makes music history.

No word on when filming will begin on this project, due to the ongoing pandemic, but Franco is hopeful it’ll be soon.

In the meantime, he’s been talking to Mr. Ice on the phone a lot…

Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy, and he’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know. Just talking to him, I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.

Check Out The First Images Of Alison Brie And Dan Stevens In Dave Franco’s Directorial Debut ‘The Rental’

It looks like Dave Franco is trying to follow in the footsteps of John Krasinski. As you all know, Krasinski directed/co-wrote the horror-thriller A Quiet Place back in 2018. The movie starred his wife Emily Blunt.

Franco is attempting to do something very similar. He will be making his directorial debut with the thriller film ‘The Rental‘ starring his wife, Alison Brie.

In the film, Brie co-stars alongside Dan Stevens as a couple who set out on a double date vacation with two of their friends.

But things take a turn for the unsettling when secrets start to come out and it starts to feel like the four friends might not be alone.

Franco co-wrote the script for this film with Joe Swanberg, the creator of the Netflix series, Easy, which Franco acted in.

IFC Films purchased the rights to the film this week and for right now, they plan to release it on July 24, 2020.

Franco released the following statement:

I’ve admired the IFC brand and their films for as long as I can remember. I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with them for my directorial debut. They have such a strong track record when it comes to elevated genre films, which makes them the perfect home for THE RENTAL.

Alison Brie And Dan Stevens Set To Star In Dave Franco’s Directorial Debut ‘The Rental’

First there was John Krasinski directing his wife Emily Blunt in ‘A Quiet Place‘ and now you have Dave Franco directing his wife Alison Brie in his upcoming directoral debut, The Rental.

Franco reportedly co-wrote the script with Joe Swanberg. Not much is known about the plot, but we do know it’s a horror flick centering on two couples who rent a vacation home for a celebratory weekend.

In addition to Brie, Dan Stevens has joined the cast. He has experience in the indie horror world. He played the lead role in the surprisingly delightful 2014 film, The Guest.

Franco told Deadline he “couldn’t be more excited… to be working with such an amazing group of actors for my directorial debut.”

Shooting is expected to begin in April in Oregon. No word on a release date, but it’ll likely be in 2020 sometime. Or who knows, maybe they’ll move fast and release it late this year for Halloween. We’ll keep you posted.

Dave Franco Set To Star In Vanilla Ice Biopic? Get The Details Inside!

Have you been craving more Vanilla Ice? If so, today might be a very good day for you. According to a new production listing, Dave Franco is set to star as Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic titled To The Extreme.

To The Extreme was the name of his record-breaking debut album, which sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and includes the hit Ice Ice Baby.

The production listing included the logline you see below…

“From a high school dropout selling used cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with Ice Ice Baby, a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out as he makes music history.”

Screenwriters Phil Van and Chris Goodwin are set to write the script and James Franco is reportedly on board to produce. This project is obviously in the very early stages of development. It doesn’t even look like the script has been completed yet, so a lot could change.

“Per the listing, Ramona Films and Endeavor Content are the companies behind the biopic currently. Once a script is completed, they would likely look to partner with a major studio to bring the movie to life.”

We will keep you posted. But for right now, enjoy…

A Terribly Skinny Dave Franco Stars In Trailer For Netflix Addiction Drama ‘6 Balloons’

For the most part, Dave Franco has played one character in his career on film. He was in grave danger of being typecasted, but this new Netflix film, 6 Balloons, might save his career.

In the drama, Franco plays a heroin addict who over the course of one night is helped by his sister (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson) to find a detox center while caring for his two-year-old daughter. The film is set to premiere on Netflix April 6, and Franco recently revealed he lost 20 pounds for this role.

“I was full-on depressed. I remember at one point my wife [actress Alison Brie] saying, ‘You’re not yourself, you’re not fun to be around.’ And I was like, ‘I’m f—ing starving! What do you want from me?’ But on set I also wasn’t fun to be around. I wasn’t really interacting with anyone. I was in the corner by myself, miserable. I almost really f—ed up my heath. I was running all day every day to lose weight and I ended up messing up my knee to the point that when we finished production I had to go to physical therapy for a couple of months.”

Marja-Lewis Ryan is the director behind this project. It’ll be her directorial debut. She also wrote the script. It will be very interesting to see the reviews for this movie. The recent films released by Netflix have been slammed by critics.

Check out the trailer for 6 Balloons below…

A Film For The Whole Family: ‘The Little Hours’ Releases Second Trailer Starring Dave Franco And Alison Brie!

Do you have a religious grandma? Maybe an aunt who loves to go to church every Sunday? If so, you need to call them up and tell them to clear their schedule for June 30.

The Little Hours stars Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci as three nuns who are a little cavalier about the rules. And they only get more unruly when the hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco) arrives at the convent.

And by now, you probably realize this is not a great film to watch with your sweet grandma. This second trailer released today is the SFW version. If you’d like to watch the NSFW trailer, you can click on this link to check it out.

In addition to the actors mentioned above, the film also stars John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman and Molly Shannon. You can check out the official synposis and trailer below. The Little Hours will hit theaters June 30, 2017.

Medieval nuns Alessandra (Alison Brie), Fernanda (Aubrey Plaza), and Ginevra (Kate Micucci) lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Dave Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord. Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.

Movie Review – Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – A Lot More Jokes That Hit The Right Notes than the Original


I did not expect to like Neighbors 2 as much as I did. I’ll admit I enjoyed the first one, but I never felt it needed a sequel. In this case though, the sequel might be better than the original.

The movie starts a few years after the last one. Mac and Kelly are pregnant again and are focusing on raising daughter Stella. In the college close to their neighborhood, new student Morgan has just come from a strict household and is ready to party. While pledging a sorority, she learns that only Fraternities can have parties and sororities are barred from throwing any kind of celebration in their house. Angered and frustrated, Morgan teams up with new pals Beth and Nora to form their own sorority off campus. Their sorority so happens to reside in the same house right next to Mac and Kelly.


I really liked how the sorority girls were portrayed in this movie. That’s a rare thing to say, because so few movies get it right, but this one does. They slip in a bit of social consciousness, making it a bit funnier and a bit smarter than the first. What I liked is the movie addressed inequality between the sexes without getting preachy about it.

Zac Efron returns, and not just as a walk on. Instead, he acts as Morgan’s party mentor, teaching her all the ins and outs of being a binge drinking, hard partying bro. At the same time, he’s dealing with his own issues, as he still has yet to grow up.  Morgan was also an enjoyable character, because she flouted how girls should act and didn’t apologize for it. She’s a bit more empathetic than Efron was in the original.

Lisa Kudrow, Kelsey Grammar and Dave Franco all had walk on cameos that didn’t feel superfluous, even though this movie was a clear cash grab. They made such a good choice in the cameos, using people with pitch perfect comedic timing, that it worked beautifully. For that, I’ll forgive the cash grab.


Neighbors 2 has a lot more jokes that hit the right notes than the original. Adding Chloe Grace Mortez to the cast rounded out the laughs, because the girl has a gift for blue humor. She’s probably the funniest, truest to life character I’ve seen in a comedy of this nature, which is really what makes Neighbors 2 work so much more.

That being said, Seth Rogan really didn’t do it for me in this movie. He kind of faded into the background and got less laughs than the other characters. I felt like there were so many missed opportunities for better jokes and one liners. Honestly, it felt like he ad-libbed his script, but then didn’t have anything funny to say.

This time around, you’ll have a hard time deciding who to root for. A more empathetic villain makes this movie a bit better the second time around, and it packed in a lot more laughs as well. All in all, this, and the original are worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

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Movie Review: Unfinished Business (2015) – No wonder everyone in Europe hates us so much.

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Unfinished Business is something I classify as a ‘frat boy comedy”. That’s mainly because its target audience is a bunch of aging frat boys who love fart jokes. Don’t get me wrong. These movies can be very funny. Sometimes, they get it right, like in the Hangover. Sometimes, it goes really, really wrong…like in this movie.

Unfinished Business stars the well known aging frat boy, Vince Vaughn as Dan Trunkman. Dan is an honorable man with a loving wife and two really insecure kids. When he has to go on a business trip, he takes along two sidekicks, Timothy McWinters (Tim Wilkinson) and the dimwitted Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). They travel to Berlin, Germany, and some fish out of water wackiness ensures.

Let’s start by counting the clichés, to make sure they’re all there. Terrible driving on the Autobahn, confusion due to the language barriers, freaky sexual adventures, giant boobs and someone losing their virginity. Yeah, it’s all there.

No wonder everyone in Europe hates us so much.

Also, why does it always seem to be Oktoberfest when Americans set a movie in Germany?

Then, between all of these perverted shenanigans and complete misunderstanding of European culture, we are also treated to some over the top sloppy sentimentality about the importance of family connections. I mean Jeez, the last thing I want to think about, after I just saw a penis get shoved in someone’s face, is my family.

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And side note? Everyone in Hollywood, stop with the glory hole jokes. We have all seen the trope.

“Oh, I’m an innocent person in a bathroom. What could possibly be in this hole? Let me put my eye right up to it. Oh my god, I just got poked in the eye by a penis!”

Look, Hollywood, I personally promise you, there is not one single person left in the world anywhere who does not know what a glory hole is. This incident will never, never, never happen. Can we please stop now?

Another thing I didn’t like is that Vaughn’s kid in the movie is overweight and the subject of bullying. This is portrayed in a feel bad for the chubby kid kind of way. But then, the movie has no problem making fun of Mike’s character because he’s stupid. Look, I have no problem laughing at a few fat jokes. I have no problem laughing at a few dumb jokes. But when you make it ok to laugh at one, and not the other, you’re just being a sanctimonious prick.

This is a movie written about Europe, that doesn’t feel like it was written by someone who’s ever been to Europe. It’s not Oktoberfest all year long. That only happens in October. The Autobahn is one of the best maintained roadways in the world, and if you can’t drive it, you shouldn’t drive at all. And anyone who doesn’t know what a glory hole is deserves to get poked in the eye by a penis.

Choose a genre and stick to it. If it’s a sloppy bro movie, don’t try and inject a bunch of heartfelt messages. If I wanted that, I’d go see a chick flick rather than an over aged, frat movie with 90% dick jokes.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

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