The directing duo behind Little Miss Sunshine – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris – are taking on another comedy about dysfunctional relationships.

FilmNation has announced that it’s producing a new take on The People Upstairs, an English-language remake of the award-winning 2020 Spanish film Sentimental. The film is expected to enter production later this year. Perhaps the most interesting element of this news however is the announcement that Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will be sharing directing duties.

According to Deadline, The People Upstairs is ‘about a middle-aged couple who are feeling stagnant in their relationship and invite the younger and livelier couple from the apartment upstairs for a get-together that takes an unexpected turn.’

Dayton and Faris last worked on the period tennis drama, Battle Of TheSexes, but have tackled dysfunctional relationship comedies to great effect before, most notably with 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine which would earn superb reviews and bag a few awards too. The original comedy was helmed by Cesc Gay, who also scripted and directed the original play that the film was based on.

We’re certainly intrigued by the setup here, when we hear some casting news you can be sure we’ll let you know.

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