Alison Brie and Dave Franco just put all of our quarantine projects to shame. The couple, who've been married for over three years now, wrote an entire romantic comedy together while they've been social distancing in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brie spilled some details about it during an Instagram Live chat with Samantha Barry, Glamour's editor in chief. Of course, this isn't the first time Franco and Brie have worked together. They costarred with each other on both The Disaster Artist (2017) and The Little Hours (2017), and Franco actually directs Brie in the new thriller The Rental. (Franco also cowrote the script.)
On why she and Franco decided to write a rom-com together, Brie told Glamour, “It just speaks to what a good time together we had together on The Rental and what an amazing experience it was for both of us to click into this new way to work together. We finished that movie just being like, ‘We gotta make another movie.’”
Brie and Franco watched a ton of rom-coms to get into the right mindset for writing. “I would say we've watched every rom-com ever made. The good and the bad,” she says. “Dave's been keeping a list, which, it's so much content.”
Unfortunately, she stayed mum on details in terms of plot ("It's a little early," she says), but we have complete faith that whatever ends up onscreen will be dynamite. I mean, The Rental already has an impressive 87% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the Hollywood Reporter saying it's "a small but satisfying slice of indie horror." Meanwhile, Variety wrote, "Most of [the movie] is skillful and engrossing enough to establish Franco as a director to watch."
The Rental hits VOD platforms (and drive-in theaters, according to Alison Brie) this Friday, July 24. Watch her entire conversation with Glamour's Samantha Barry, above.
Originally Appeared on Glamour