Anyone can make a bad movie, but it takes a special kind of mind to create the fascinating and hilarious disasterpiece that is Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. This independent romantic drama and unintentional comedy hit has gained a substantive cult following since its original release over a decade ago, and in many ways has come to define the “so-bad-it’s-good” genre.
When watching The Room, it’s difficult not to question what the making of the movie must have been like. Last year, actor Greg Sestero – who starred in the film – offered some answers by co-writing a book with journalist Tim Bissell, detailing his experiences on the set of The Room and the strange antics of Wiseau: the writer, director, producer and star of the movie.
According to a report in Deadline, “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room” has now been optioned for the screen by James Franco, who intends to co-produce and direct an adaptation of it through his own studio, Rabbit Bandini Productions, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Productions.
Ryan Moody is writing the script for the adaptation, and according to an Instagram post by Franco, it will star both himself and his brother, Dave Franco (Now You See Me). Sestero’s book has so many bizarre anecdotes that there’s definitely plenty of potential for a comedy along the lines of Tim Burton’s 1994 film Ed Wood, which told the story of how classic terrible movies like Plan 9 From Outer Space got made.
Franco wrote a review of “The Disaster Artist” for Vice, praising the book highly and concluding with the words, “In so many ways, Tommy c’est moi.” Sestero himself has given the project his blessing, telling Entertainment Weekly that Franco, Goldberg and Rogen “are the ideal guys to adapt The Disaster Artist.”
The project has the benefit of built-in appear to an existing (and very enthusiastic) fanbase. Franco has some directing experience under his belt already and his adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying was pretty well-received upon its release last year.
It’s unclear when exactly production will begin, since Franco’s next project seems to be an adaptation of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, but let’s hope that The Disaster Artist manages to get off the ground as well.
We’ll keep you updated on The Disaster Artist as the project develops.