The most surprising thing about The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book of the same name, is that it doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in its body. Here’s a film about the making of The Room, one of the worst and most baffling movies to ever achieve cult infamy, told with sincerity, sweetness, and pure affection. Franco isn’t here to laugh at The Room – he’s here to laugh with it. The Disaster Artist has no scorn for its subject. Instead, it is fascinated by this impossible-t0-believe tale and the impossible-to-believe movie it produced. No irony. No scorn. Only love.
And that makes a movie whose existence already feels impossible feel all the more unlikely and all the more wonderful.
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Almost three years ago, James Franco optioned the rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist, which the actor wrote about the experience of making The Room. The Room, of course, is director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau‘s cult midnight classic, a movie made with significantly more passion than skill. While we were hoping to see Franco’s film and Zeroville out last year, Franco’s behind-the-scenes look at The Room is debuting next month at South by Southwest.
Before The Disaster Artist premieres, there’s a new pic of Franco brothers from the film. Below, check out The Disaster Artist photo.
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Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
As weird as James Franco‘s next film The Disaster Artist sounds, it probably doesn’t stand much chance of being weirder than the film it’s about: The Room, the famously terrible romantic drama that’s gone from little-seen oddity to ironic cult favorite. For starters, whereas director / writer / star Tommy Wiseau‘s oblivious ineptitude accounts for a lot of The Room‘s outsider charms, The Disaster Artist, which follows the making of that movie, is made by professionals with experience appealing to more or less mainstream audiences.
Still, a touch of strangeness is welcome in a project like this, and fortunately (or unfortunately) Wiseau himself is here to help. Franco has the plum role of Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, but Wiseau himself will also appear in a “contractually obligated” cameo. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Tommy Wiseau‘s infamous cult favorite The Room features a no-name cast of first-time actors, starting with Tommy Wiseau himself — the director / writer / producer cast also himself as the lead, despite a total lack of professional experience on every single one of those fronts. James Franco‘s making-of movie about The Room, on the other hand, is turning out to be quite the star-studded affair.
The latest notable name to sign on for The Disaster Artist is Sharon Stone, who’ll star alongside Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and many more in the film. Find out who she’s playing after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Room is one of the most fascinating bad movies ever made. Like so many examples of accidental outsider art (see the likes of Dangerous Men), here is a movie that isn’t lazy or lacking in passion – it’s just made by somebody whose burning desire to tell a story outweighs his talent on every conceivable level. The mainstream acceptance of The Room has been a double-edged sword for the film’s legacy. It is now one of the most famous stinkers of all time, but its status as an underground sensation has been tarnished by its move into the mainstream. Everyone can quote The Room, which dulls the mystique that powers so many cult favorites.
I’m absolutely fascinated by The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s new film that will chronicle the making of The Room. I wonder if this look behind the curtains, brought to you by one of the most delightfully weird guys working in Hollywood at the moment, will restore the film as a B-movie oddity worthy of discussion or continue to reduce it to memes.
Long story short: Franco has revealed a first look as himself as The Room director Tommy Wiseau and a bunch of new people have joined the cast.
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Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
After spending much of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 evading explosives and monsters, Josh Hutcherson is getting ready to deal with catastrophe of another kind. He’ll join James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen in The Disaster Artist, about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, widely considered one of the worst movies ever made. Read More »
They’ve scripted indies, novel adaptations and off-kilter romances such as (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now, and The Fault in Our Stars. Now Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are scripting The Disaster Artist for James Franco, based on the book that details the making of cult film The Room. Read More »
James Franco‘s upcoming film based on the book, The Disaster Artist, just got a little weirder. The book tells the behind the scenes story of the making of cult classic, The Room. One of the film’s co-stars Greg Sestero (“Oh hi, Mark”) co-wrote the book about the unfathomable production of the notoriously terrible film and Franco purchased the rights earlier this year. He’ll direct and play one of the film’s two leads, The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing.
One of the funniest threads in the book is the awkward bromance between Wiseau and Sestero and, in classic Franco fashion, he’s upping the awkward. It seems his younger brother Dave Franco (Neighbors) has been tapped to play Sestero, the film’s main character. Read More »
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A couple months ago James Franco optioned rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s masterpiece of bad cinema, The Room. At that point Franco was set as producer and director, and roped in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce alongside him. But it always seemed like Franco had to end up playing Wiseau, too. Now Seth Rogen says that is indeed the plan. Read More »
When you’re one of the most popular comedic stars in the world, things tend to get a bit busy. Right now Seth Rogen is promoting the hilarious Neighbors, which opens May 9. He then has to finish his second co-directorial gig, The Interview, out in October. He’s also working on an animated film called Sausage Party, and his second film with director Jonathan Levine and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was just slotted for a December 2015 release.
That’s not the half of it. While those are the next three things immediately on Rogen’s schedule, he’s also simultaneously developing numerous other projects. We asked Rogen about the most anticipated of his upcoming projects, and have the updates below. He told us how post on The Interview is going, how far along the Preacher TV show is, a bit more about this buddy cop comedy with Kevin Hart, as well as the Nintendo vs. Sega film Console Wars and James Franco‘s film about Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room. Read quotes about Seth Rogen upcoming movies below. Read More »