After being purchased way back in 2015, James Franco’s “Zeroville” has been collecting dust on the shelf, waiting for distribution. And now, four years after its debut, the film is finally hitting theaters thanks to myCinema.
Announced at CinemaCon (via Deadline), Franco’s lost film was picked up by the online distribution company myCinema and will be hitting select theaters this fall. For those that don’t remember, “Zeroville” tells the story of a young actor, with dreams of superstardom, who moves to LA and has to navigate the changing industry.
“Zeroville” has been lost for years because it was originally picked up by Alchemy for distribution coming out of 2015. Unfortunately, just months after the purchase, Alchemy went bankrupt, and Franco’s film became an asset that was entangled in the financial turmoil of the distributor and was never able to see the light of day. But now, with myCinema purchasing the rights, the long-awaited film can finally get a theatrical release.
myCinema does things a little differently than other distributors, however. The company is a digital content provider that allows partner theaters the chance to show the film and acquire the print off of its online service. The report says that myCinema currently works with 500 theaters around the US.
“Zeroville” is written and directed by Franco. Other than the filmmaker, the film also stars Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Joey King, Will Ferrell, Dave Franco, Danny McBride, and Jacki Weaver.
“Zeroville” is expected to hit theaters sometime in September.
Here’s the synopsis:
Join VIKAR (James Franco), a wide-eyed innocent in love with the movies, on one wicked trip to the heart of a pulsating, kaleidoscopic Hollywood. Naïve newcomer to the City of Angels, carrying nothing but his “outsider” past and a huge tattoo of Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor inked on his shaved skull; driven by the allure of cinema to the glittering temptations of Zeroville; a town where anything goes. Encounter the parasites, the punks, the wannabes, the power-brokers and the crazies: meet VIKING MAN (Seth Rogen) – gatekeeper to all the right parties, a cigar-chomping surf hippie; Vikar’s eccentric Hollywood guide. You’ll encounter: foul-mouthed industry veteran DOTTY (Jacki Weaver); the sinister FINANCIER (Danny McBride); sexy femme fatale SOLEDAD (Megan Fox) – a haunted “dame”, the electric charge to trigger Vikar’s breath-taking dive into the captivating world where movies are made. Profoundly magical, funny, unsettling, and gorgeous – a love letter to Los Angeles and provocative satire of America’s fascination with itself, its cult of celebrity; a vision of the death of Old Hollywood.