Dave Franco to Star in ‘Intern’s Handbook’ for Sony

written by Holly XV.V

Sony Pictures has nabbed the rights to The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller with plans to turn the project into a vehicle for actor Dave Franco.

Oren Uziel, who worked on Sony’s upcoming 22 Jump Street, in which Franco appears, is on board to write the script based on a novel by Shane Kuhn.

Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film — the company behind the Jump Street movies — will produce along with Circle of Confusion’s Brad Mendelsohn and David Alpert.

The idea behind Intern’s Handbook is thus: There’s a company called HR, Inc., an intern placement agency that is actually a front for a network of assassins whose targets are high-profile corporate executives. The best of the best in this world is John Lago, who can get coffee and make copies like no one else while stealthily ratcheting up a body count.

The story tells of Lago’s stint in a Manhattan law firm, where he’s working as a temp while gathering intelligence for his hit. He then meets his toughest adversary yet: a female FBI agent who is also assigned to take down the same target.

Bullets and sparks fly.

The well-reviewed dark comedy hit shelves April 8, 2014 from Simon & Schuster as part of a planned trilogy. Sony is looking at Intern’s Handbook as a potential franchise.

The acquisition, said to be in the high-six figures, marks a step up for Franco, who has so far not toplined his own movie but has done strong supporting work that has earned him a following.

The actor, who is repped by CAA, is currently sharing scenes with Zac Efron and Seth Rogen in Universal’s surprise hit comedy Neighbors. Among his other credits are both Jump Street movies, Warm Bodies and Now You See Me.

“We really feel like he’s the next star,” said Moritz. “We just think he has immense talent as a leading man and he’s someone who can do humor. He’s paid his dues. He’ s built a great resume of co-starring roles and he’s ready to be a lead. He’s not some guy being plucked from nowhere and told he’s the next big thing.”

Moritz says the producers see Intern’s Handbook as “a franchise made for a price with new emerging talent.”

The producer also described the book as having a “great attitude. It’s a look at what it’s like to be an intern, but in reality you’re so much more. The mantra is that interns are invisible, which makes them so good as assassins. No one sees them coming.”

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Dave Franco Isn’t Into Selfies

written by Nika X.V

In Neighbors, the frat comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, out tomorrow, fans of Dave Franco get their money’s worth. The actor—and younger brother of selfie connoisseur James Franco—plays an amiable, surprisingly intellectual frat boy named Pete who finds himself pretty naked (and pretty horny) at one point in the film. Franco, who has previously starred in flicks such as 21 Jump Street andWarm Bodies, is one of the best parts of Neighbors–and not just because he has a nice butt. We’re all up on the Dave Franco bandwagon after seeing it (sorry, James!) and got to chat with the actor about filming with Seth Rogen, picking up girls with magic, and just what is going on with the Franco family.

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Dave to appear on ‘Conan’

written by Nika II.V

Dave is set to be one of the guests on the May 6 episode of ‘Conan’ as part of his ‘Neighbors’ promotional tour. Check your local TV listings  to catch him up! We should have the full clip up the day after the appearance, so be sure to come back then!

 

Now You See Me 2 Expected To Start Filming Later This Year

written by DeAdele II.V

Louis Leterrier’s 2013 magicians and con artists thriller Now You See Me was an out-of-left-field hit, a crackling ensemble film that dropped into theaters amidst the likes of busy blockbusters like Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness… but surprised the industry by having massive legs. By the time it was finished, the film had banked a whopping $117.7 million domestically, and a powerful $351 million worldwide, carried by the drawing power of the film’s personable co-stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Dave Franco. The sequel was greenlit, and today, we picked up a few details on the production’s possible future.

Dave Franco jumped on the phone with me this afternoon to talk about Neighbors, the hysterical dudes-versus-parents comedy from director Nicolas Stoller that will entertain audiences beginning next week. It’s one of a few winners Franco has on his summer agenda, which also includes June’s massive sequel, 22 Jump Street (where he says he has a brief, but memorable cameo in a prison cell). And he thinks he’s going from this busy summer into the planned Now You See Me 2, which allegedly is filming at the end of the year.

On the topic of that sequel, Dave Franco told me:

“Last I heard, we were still going at the end of this year. … I’ve heard a pitch of the story. It’s actually going to be really exciting. I was slightly weary, just because you never know when it comes to a sequel. But I think the first one opened up enough avenues. There are many directions left to explore. There are many places that it can go, and they really – they held true to the spirit of the first one, but it’s going to be enough of a departure that it doesn’t just feel like a complete copy of the first one.”

Franco went on to explain that a big portion of Now You See Me 2 will be spent exploring who this tight-knit band of illusionists really are off of the stage. As he mentions, they spent so much time in the first movie on a stage, in various states of performance, and the team now wants to figure out who they are as individuals – and likely, who they can scam next.

Who will be back for Now You See Me 2 (or, Now You Still See Me)? Louis Leterrier is scheduled to return to the director’s chair. Most of the original cast is expected to return, while Deadline reported in February that locations will shift to Europe and Asia to capitalize on the first film’s international successes. While he waits for that script, Dave Franco kills it opposite Zac Efron in Neighbors, which opens on May 9. Check it out.

Dave Franco to Go On ‘Business Trip’ With Vince Vaughn

written by Jenny XXII.VII

Fresh off the success of “Now Your See Me,” Dave Franco is set to co-star with Vince Vaughn in the New Regency comedy “Business Trip.”

Vaughn’s “Delivery Man” director Ken Scott is on board to helm.

Story follows a businessman who travels to Europe where chaos follows.

Steve Conrad penned the script with Todd Black, Steve Tisch and Jason Blumenthal producing for Escape Artists.

The CAA and James/Levy Management-repped Franco has been on a roll lately since hitting it big in Sony’s “21 Jump Street.” He followed that up with two Summit surprise hits in “Warm Bodies” and “Now You See Me” and just wrapped production on the Universal comedy “Townies.”

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Zac Efron: ‘I broke my hand fighting Dave Franco on set’

written by DeAdele XIX.IV

Zac Efron has revealed that he broke his hand while fighting Dave Franco for a new movie.

The actor is currently filming Townies with the brother of actor James Franco.

However, he revealed on Thursday’s Live with Kelly and Michael that he was injured while recording a particular scene.

The star showed presenter Kelly Ripa and guest host Carrie Ann Inaba his swollen right hand next to his regular-sized left one.

He is now recovering from the accident after receiving medically treatment.

“[It occurred] during filming, it was during a stage fight with Dave Franco,” he explained. “I had to go back to work so I couldn’t really wear a cast.”

Efron explained that he now has metal in his palm but essentially has the full use of his hand again.

He said: “So they put like a titanium plate in it and a bunch of screws.

“I don’t know why I’m telling you this. My hand in theory is back to normal, it just looks really gross.”

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