When film fans think of all-time legendary bad movies, 2003's The Room by Tommy Wiseau has entered that rarified pantheon alongside Troll 2, Plan 9 from Outer Space, and Battlefield Earth. Written, directed, produced and starring the heavily German-accented Wiseau, The Room has achieved a cult status for its "so bad its good" nonsensicality and production values, invoking more laughter and enjoyment than a lot of major comedies at its hundreds of viewing parties and festival screenings. As a dedication and tribute to Wiseau, Franco has gathered his comedy buddies and crafted The Disaster Artist, a look behind-the-scenes of the making of the film in the style of Tim Burton's tribute to another legendarily bad filmmaker Ed Wood.
The Disaster Artist premiered to rave reviews at March's South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, with a release set for December of this year. To celebrate the beginning of the marketing campaign, distributor A24 has released a teaser poster on its Twitter page in front of tomorrow's debut of the first trailer. Franco poses as Wiseau during the filming of The Room's infamous rooftop sequence, surrounded by what will become terrible green screen of San Francisco and a boom mic that is without a doubt intruding upon the shot. The quote above Wiseau comes from the scene, referencing Wiseau's notoriously terrible line delivery in this classic movie moment:
Franco directs from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, writers of (500) Days of Summer, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns and The Spectacular Now. With obvious basis in the production plus the book co-written by The Room co-star Greg Sestero (played by Franco's brother Dave in the film), early word is that the film is not only hilarious but a touching look at the making of a film and the vision of an artist who would not be stopped when it came to completing his passion project.
The cast is stacked with familiar faces, including (but not limited to) the Franco brothers, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Bryan Cranston, Allison Brie, Zoey Deutch, Lizzy Caplan, Kristen Bell, Josh Hutcherson, Sharon Stone, Adam Scott, Zach Braff, and Wiseau and Sestero themselves in cameo roles. The film is considered to be a potential Oscar contender, but it'll be hard to judge The Disaster Artist beyond potential and buzz until the trailer is released to the public tomorrow.