Although it’s reputation is slightly unfair, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult classic The Room has become a bit of a legend as the worst film ever made (it is bad, but there are worse out there).
Now James Franco and his Rabbit Bandini Productions have picked up the rights to the book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, which is all about the making of Wiseau’s movie. The Room star Greg Sestero wrote the book alongside journalist Tom Bissell.
Wiseau directed, produced, and self financed the project, which was only released in Southern California during the early 2000s, before word spread that it was something that needed to be seen to be believed. It’s achieves cult status, especially amongst young actors in Hollywood, who realise it’s bad but having a sneaking respect for the fact it got made at all.
James Franco has been a longtime fan and supporter of the movie, and recently reviewed Sestero’s book for Vice Magazine. Franco commented of Tommy Wiseau.”[He is] part vampire, part Hollywood dreamer, part gangster, part Edward D. Wood Jr., and super lonely.” He also described The Disaster Artist as a mix of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Night and The Master
Now Franco will direct and co-produce a film version of the book, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Productions. Ryan Moody is writing the screenplay. James Franco might also star alongside his brother Dave Franco, but that hasn’t bee firmly decided yet. (Source: Deadline)