Dave Franco Wants To Make A “Gross” And “Old School” Horror Movie Like David Cronenberg (Exclusive)

Based on starring in comedy projects such as 21 Jump Street, NeighborsAnd The disaster artistfans were taken by surprise when actor Dave Franco made his directorial debut with the disturbing horror flick The rent, but that project may not have been just an experiment with the genre, as he recently revealed that he’d like to return to horror for an upcoming project. While The rent explored themes of friends being haunted by an unidentified figure, his affinity for David Cronenberg has led him to want to similarly replicate that style by delivering a project with practical effects. Franco’s latest movie, the romantic comedy Someone I used to knowwill be released in Prime Video on February 10.

When asked by ComicBook.com what movie genre he might delve into next, Franco explained, “I’m not going to take anything off the table, but I’m kind of itching to go back to horror. I’m just such a fan of the genre, and [wife] Alison [Brie] and me we went through a phase recently where we rewatched a bunch of Cronenberg movies and it made me really want to do something with practical effects and really free up the time to do that right and do it where it really feels old-fashioned and tactile and gross and all that stuff.”

While Cronenberg films may never become major financial successes, his legacy of films like The bread, ScannersAnd Videodrome means that filmmakers have rarely tried to reinvent his films from new perspectives. Given his affinity for Cronenberg, Franco shared the movie of him he could possibly see resurrected, picking out a Cronenberg movie that was itself a remake of one starring Vincent Price.

“It’s hard for me to say,” the filmmaker confirmed when asked if he would like to reimagine one of Cronenberg’s films. “I don’t think so. It’s hard. I don’t think… It’s just so hard to touch on some of these classics. But the one that comes to mind first in terms of ‘Oh, man, I want to do something like this ‘, is The fly. I just love how nasty it gets. It’s so dirty.”

In Someone I used to know, workaholic TV producer Ally (Alison Brie) faces a major professional setback that sends her to the comforts of her hometown. She spends a whirlwind evening reminiscing about her first love Sean (Jay Ellis) and begins to question everything about the person she’s become. Things only get more confusing when she discovers that Sean is getting married to Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons) whose confidence and creative beliefs remind Ally of who she used to be. Directed by Dave Franco and written by Franco & Alison Brie, Someone I used to know is an unconventional love story about three people who unexpectedly help each other rediscover who they really are, where they come from and where they are going.

Someone I used to know arrives on Prime Video on February 10.

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