The husband-and-wife duo of Dave Franco and Alison Brie have been keeping busy during the recent health crisis lockdown.
While Franco is well known for his acting roles in films such as 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, The Disaster Artist and more, the filmmaker made his directorial debut earlier this year with the horror film The Rental, a project which sparked a new creative partnership with his wife Alison Brie who starred in the lead role.
Now, not resting on their laurels after the film industry began to suffer the financial effects of the current pandemic, both Franco and Brie put their minds together to create a ”elevated and tasteful” romantic comedy.
“Alison and I have written a romantic comedy during the quarantine,” Franco told The Hollywood Reporter. “We love the genre, but we were kind of looking at the landscape of romantic comedies over the past decade or so and we feel like people are really yearning for one that feels a little more elevated and tasteful.
“And so, we started thinking about some of the classics like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Pretty Woman, which are all films that are extremely grounded.”
While Franco failed to reveal any details of the new project being sold to a major studio, he did confirm that the project now has a completed script: “The acting is great, and they are all shot like dramas, so they look good. And so, we were just wondering why no one approaches the genre from that point of view anymore. So that’s what we tried to do with this script, and that would be for me to direct and for Alison to act in.”
Elsewhere in the conversation, Franco detailed the working relationship with Brie on The Rental, explaining: ”She would do a take, and then I would start walking towards her to give her a note.
“And before I said anything, she would look at me and say, ‘I know exactly what you’re going to say. Just let me try one more’. And then, she would do the next take and do exactly what I was thinking.
“I can’t explain it, except for the fact that I guess that’s the dynamic you have when you’ve been living with someone for eight years.”