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IFC takes Dave Franco-directed “THE RENTAL,” sets summer release; first photos

Thursday, April 9, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Actor Dave Franco (THE DISASTER ARTIST) has made his directorial debut with the fright film THE RENTAL, and despite that title, it’s set to hit theaters later this year. A few pics from the movie have been issued as well.

IFC Films grabbed U.S. rights to THE RENTAL, and will release it nationwide July 24. Franco scripted the movie with indie stalwart Joe Swanberg, from a story they wrote with Mike Demski, and it stars Alison Brie, Dan Stevens (THE GUEST), Jeremy Allen White and Sheila Vand (A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT). The synopsis: “Two couples embark on a weekend getaway to a seemingly perfect house they’ve booked online. But what begins as a celebratory weekend for the four close friends turns into something far more sinister as secrets they’ve kept from each other are exposed and they realize they may not be alone.”

“I’ve admired the IFC brand and their films for as long as I can remember,” Franco says. “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.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.