Lord above help me, I am excited for a James Franco movie. Yup, that James Franco.
After premiering at SXSW, The Disaster Artist, Franco’s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir of the making of the most infamous bad movie of the century, The Room, many critics were baffled to discover that hey, it was good! Franco’s directorial efforts have been ahem… a mixed bag so far, but his take on the enigmatic oddball Tommy Wiseau and the ‘epic’ that made him a midnight movie favourite has garnered a lot of enthusiasm, even from those people unlucky to have experienced the magic of throwing plastic spoons at the screen after four red wines.
The latest trailer paints the film as a more earnest tale of the two struggling out-of-work actors who decide to buck the system and make their own movie. The focus is definitely on Wiseau, although we hope Sestero (played by Dave Franco, the superior brother) gets his due. The book, on top of detailing how this chaotic story came to be, is also a fascinating insight into the struggles of making it in the industry and the crushing realization that you may never make it. You get the feeling Sestero kind of resents being stuck with this Wiseau figure as an unlikely double act for the rest of his career, which makes this endeavour all the more intriguing.
It’ll be interesting to see if A24 can make this a proper Winter indie hit amidst the Oscar favourites and that whole Star Wars thing. How do you sell this story to people who don’t know or care about The Room? This trailer definitely seems more focused on reaching that audience, so we’ll see how that goes.
The Disaster Artist will be released in the US on the 1st December. It stars James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Paul Scheer, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Zac Efron, basically everyone who’s ever appeared on an Earwolf podcast, and of course, Josh Hutcherson as Denny. Where’s his fucking money, Denny?!