NERVE Poster Propositions a Dare & Movie Interview

Don’t lose your Nerve from this daring poster!

The upcoming thriller Nerve starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco has a new movie poster out. Emma Roberts’s plays Vee, a high school senior who hasn’t “lived life” and so decides to compete in a competition that involves a series of dares, each more intense than the last. These dares are broadcast to the Web for all the world to see. While initially it seems like fun, with Vee becoming mildly famous with Dave Franco’s character, Ian, she becomes a victim of identity theft by the game creators. Nerve is set to be released on July 27th.


Collider even got a brief email interview with the directors of the film, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

What was the genesis of this project?

Alli Shearmur the Producer came to us with an early draft.  The concept of the game was so sticky, and it took place in NYC.  It felt like the right extension of our interest in internet dramas, thrillers and shooting in our home city.

We pitched her a take on it immediately – Risky Business meet The Game.

How much changed from your original script to the finished film?

Lionsgate had the right idea — they said keep the concept but go ahead and make it much darker and much tenser.  We worked with the writer Jessica Sharzer for over a year sculpting the characters and the arc of “dares” in the film.  We definitely went too dark most of the time and pulled it back to Pg-13.

Because of the way this film positions the relationship of Internet and user, do you see it as a companion film of sorts to Catfish?

The internet is like a hammer, you can build a house with it or you can break someone’s face.  It’s an all-purpose and all-powerful tool.  To tell the story of youth and ambition today, is to tell the story of the internet.

Check out the rest of the interview here!