IFC Films announced today that it is acquiring U.S. right to THE RENTAL, Dave Franco’s chilling thriller co-written by Franco & Joe Swanberg. The film stars Alison Brie (Glow, Horse Girl, Promising Young Woman), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Call of the Wild), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), and Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Snowpiercer series). THE RENTAL was produced and financed by Black Bear Pictures, with Franco, Elizabeth Haggard, Teddy Schwarzman, Ben Stillman, Swanberg and Christopher Storer serving as producers. Michael Heimler and Sean Durkin served as executive producers. The screenplay is based on a story by Franco & Swanberg & Mike Demski. IFC Films is set to release THE RENTAL on July 24th nationwide.
In THE RENTAL, 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.
THE RENTAL marks the directorial debut of Franco best known for his roles in the hit films such as Neighbors, 21 Jump Street, Now You See Me, and their successful sequels, as well as in the critically acclaimed independent films The Little Hours, The Disaster Artist, and If Beale Street Could Talk.
Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions at IFC Films said, “We’re beyond excited to partner with Dave on his directorial debut. He is a clear talent in front of and behind the camera and we are thrilled to bring this film to American audiences.”
Dave Franco added, “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.”
The deal for the film was negotiated by IFC Films’ EVP of Acquisitions and Productions Arianna Bocco and Director of Acquisitions Aijah Keith with Endeavor Content on behalf of Black Bear Pictures and the filmmakers. STXinternational is handling international sales for the picture.