The James Franco train is rolling hard at the moment — he’s got both “In Dubious Battle” and “The Institute” coming to cinemas in the next couple of months — but every once in a while, his moviemaking machine turns up a possible gem, and we’ve got hope for “The Disaster Artist.” Why? Because the film finds Franco playing Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric director of cult favorite “The Room.”
Joined by Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, and Alison Brie, the film will detail all the shenanigans that went into making one of the best worst movies in recent memory. Here’s the official synopsis:
This is a true story about the making of THE ROOM – the cult classic described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. THE DISASTER ARTIST, directed by and starring James Franco, is a buddy comedy about two outsiders chasing a dream. When the world rejects them, they decide to make their own movie – and it’s a movie so wonderfully awful due to its unintentional hilarious moments, meandering plots and terrible acting.
“The Disaster Artist” premieres at SXSW, but there’s no U.S. distribution or release date just yet.