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.”
Dave Franco is tired of being referred to as “James Franco’s little brother.” Therefore, he’s making a name for himself in the acting world.
His new movie Neighbors hit theaters this past weekend and he has a slew of other acting credits set to be released in the next year. While on the promotional train for his flick, Franco called into The Tommy Show and it didn’t take long for Tommy to tell him exactly how he felt.
“I’m kind of over your brother,” Tommy said to the actor as he sounded off his appreciation for the comment. “I love and respect my brother so much but I don’t want to be known as James Franco’s little brother my whole life.”
As a way to get to know the younger Franco, Tommy asked him to give three facts that most people wouldn’t know about him.
“I weirdly love playing frisbee, my favorite movie of all time is ‘Stand By Me’ and more days than not I’m listening to Otis Redding on vinyl,” he admits, trying to rack his brain while on the spot.
His new movie Neighbors is in theaters now and stars Zac Efron and Seth Rogen.
Neighbors takes over the #1 spot at the box office this weekend – A film about a couple with a newborn baby move into a new neighborhood and face unexpected difficulties following the establishment of a fraternity house NEXT DOOR
It stars The film stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne & Dave Franco who joined Roz and Mocha on KiSS 92.5 to talk about the film, and of course we asked about his Brother Jame Franco’s crazy Instagram photos
Dave’s ‘Neighbors’ co-star Zac Efron went on to explain how he broke his hand on The Tonight Show and according to Zac, the Franco brothers “have balls of steel”. LOL!