James Franco to Direct Movie About the Making of ‘The Room’

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Tommy Wiseau The Room James Franco to Direct Movie About the Making of The Room

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.

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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.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Okay, my question: why? Sure, the room is legendary as the worst movie ever made, but very few people care about how it was made, at least not enough to sit through a feature length film. It was never clarified exactly what the film is, either. Is it a biopic-type thing, a documentary? I guess what I’m asking is: why would people want to see it? Sure, sometimes I’ll sit through those 10-15 minute DVD featurettes, but does anyone want two hours of those?

    • I dunno, I finally got to see the Sound City documentary and as a recording musician/songwriter myself, it was fascinating (even when it veered off into the making of a tribute album to the studio).

      Sometimes a documentary can be a great insight into the making of something, whether good or bad and if you’re interested in that sort of thing or want to learn from the mistakes others made, it helps there too with some extra knowledge about the process. To borrow a line from James Hetfield about Metallica’s tour with Guns ‘N Roses in the early 90s, “we learned what NOT to do by watching them”.

      Which is ironic since Metallica had been around longer and such but that’s another story altogether.

      I imagine this will be written and filmed in one of those “the film of the making of the film” styles.

      • @ Dazz

        One of my favorite parts of Sound City was watching the recording of the album.
        Watching Grohl, Trent Reznor and Josh Homme workshop that one song was a highlight for me. Seeing 3 of my favorites working together and excited to be doing so was pretty great.

    • The book isn’t just about the production of the film itself, but also the beginnings of the friendship between Greg and Tommy, and the oddness that came with the territory. If you look up excerpts from the book, you can find some examples.

    • @1015

      Avid fans will love to know how (haphazardly) it was made I’ll have you know :P

  2. Read the book, it’s an incredible story of Tommys past and how the room came to be. I can easily see it working as a feature.

  3. I hope they bring in Doug Walker aka The Nostalgia Critic because he brought greater exposure to the film with his review of the movie, one of the most popular videos he’s done. The copyright holders to The Room even had the video taken down because they claimed Walker owed them money for it, but really I think it was because the movie was ridiculed so badly.

    • I liked the CinemaSins “Everything Wrong With…” video for the movie. Until Batman & Robin, which clocked in at just over 19 minutes of sins, The Room was the longest video he’d done.

    • No.
      Extremely no.
      The movie was already popular well before the NC review.

      • Nostalgia Critic did help The Room gain some recognition with his huge fanbase, but I do agree the film was already a cult classic before his review.

  4. what about your experience in the field?

  5. You think adult swim will play this ever april first along the actual movie?

  6. I am Pig Man. I am Pig Man.

  7. “Built in appeal”* Not trying to be a dick. Just caught it.

  8. Greg Sestero was also a guest on the How Did This Get Made podcast a while back and while he didn’t go into to much detail (I think he was trying to hold some stuff back because of the book) he did offer up a few funny details of what it was like working on the movie.
    It’s worth a listen for anyone who is strangely obsessed with The Room like I am. ;)

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  11. Except The Room was made by Wiseau to be intentionally “unintentionally” funny. He was 100% aware of what he was doing. Making the whole thing completely unfunny. Feeding into the whole “so bad it’s good” thing is only giving him what he wanted from the start. It’s not a failure, it’s a success, which again makes it utterly uninteresting.