“Finding the Funniest People Was a Non-Negotiable”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘I Want You Back’ Team


I Want You Back began with a scheme.

The romantic comedy, which stars Charlie Day, Jenny Slate, Scott Eastwood and Gina Rodriguez, follows Day and Slate after they’re each dumped (by Rodriquez and Eastwood, respectively) and determine to kind a friendship with the purpose of placing their heads collectively to get their former flames again. The ensuing plot provides a little bit of a twist on the extra conventional rom-com, which is simply what the film’s creators had in thoughts.

“The concept of individuals scheming, who aren’t good at scheming, was the jumping-off level,” says co-writer Elizabeth Berger. “We thought, what should you took an concept like Cruel Intentions however made it about individuals who can be horrible at pulling that off. That actually made us chortle.”

Berger wrote the script on spec alongside Isaac Aptaker — the two additionally created Love, Simon and Love, Victor collectively — and started including in all the parts that they love about the style, updating the story alongside the manner as they solid every character. “I picked it up perhaps half anticipating it to not be nice,” Day says with a chortle. “But I simply couldn’t put it down. I learn it cowl to cowl, which is uncommon for me as a result of I’m nonetheless at a fourth-grade studying stage.”

The writing crew, together with director Jason Orley, believes that the secret to a good (non-formulaic) rom-com is specializing in the com. Specifically, they purpose to solid individuals with the improv abilities to take the dialogue past what’s written past the web page. “I believe that generally, casting humorous individuals falls out of the priorities of constructing a rom-com,” says Berger. “Finding the funniest individuals for these roles was a non-negotiable for us.”

They’ve additionally discovered to present the individuals what they need, however not essentially what they’d precisely count on out of the love tales. They knew I Want You Back wanted to have a glad ending — viewers members noticed Day and Slate on the poster and in the trailer, which might imply they want to see them unite romantically in the finish. “You must ship on the promise of the film,” says Orley earlier than explaining that they selected to not present the fundamental characters kissing in the finish. “It’s ever-so-slightly subverting the ending. It’s a subversion of expectation whereas additionally giving a satisfying ending.”

In the video above, watch Day and the inventive crew reunite for a THR Presents panel, powered by Vision Media, to reminisce about capturing the film’s large marriage ceremony scene whereas caught on a boat with out a working toilet, and the story behind cameos by Pete Davidson and Ben McKenzie.

This version of THR Presents is delivered to you by Prime Video.



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