Sony Pictures is Reading 'The Intern's Handbook' for Dave Franco
Right now you can see Dave Franco turn in a fantastic comedic performance in Neighbors, but now it's time for the supporting star to get a film of his own to lead. THR has word that Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to Shane Kuhn's novel The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller with the intention of developing it as a starring vehicle for Franco to lead. The actor will be working with familiar company as Oren Uziel, fresh off scripting 22 Jump Street, will adapt the book about an intern placement agency called HR Inc. that is actually a front for a network of assassins whose targets are high-profile corporate executives. Read on!
Franco would play John Lago, the best of the best at the company, skilled at getting coffee and making copies while stealthily ratcheting up a body count. The first book just hit shelves in April and is actually the first in a planned trilogy, so Sony Pictures is hoping to turn it into a viable film franchise. This particular story sees Lago working in a Manhattan law firm working as a temp while gathering intelligence for his next target. But a Mr. and Mrs. Smith situation arises when he encounters a female FBI agent assigned to take down the very same subject. Some like love at first sight.
Original Film, the company producing the 21 Jump Street series, is behind the film with Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur producing, so this could turn out to be a fun flick. Moritz has a lot of confidence in Franco taking the lead saying, "We really feel like he's the next star. 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." Franco has shown a lot of potential, and we're excited to see what he can do in the lead.