Many of us here at Geek Juice Media, myself included, are fans of “The Room,” the 2003 cult film written/directed/produced by and staring Tommy Wiseau. Here is some good news for all the fans of this bizarre little piece of cinema. A film about the making of “The Room” is in the works.
Deadline reported on Friday that James Franco’s production company Rabbit Bandini has optioned the book and life rights to “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room,” the memoir from actor Greg Sestero, who played Mark in the film.
Franco will direct the feature as well as co-produce it alongside Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Productions. Upcoming filmmaker Ryan Moody is writing the script. On his Instagram Franco said he and his brother Dave will star in the film.
Referred to as “The Citizen Kane of bad movies” by Entertainment Weekly, “The Room” has developed a large cult following similar to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Much like Rocky Horror there are midnight screenings of “The Room” where audience participation is a must. Weird but memorable dialogue, plot holes, horrible dubbing and poor production values are what define the movie. Notable pop culture figures such as Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Will Arnett, Paul Rudd are fans of the movie.
Last year Sestero wrote the book alongside journalist Tom Bissell. It details the behind the scenes making of the film as well as Sestero’s relationship with Tommy Wiseau. Franco reviewed the book last year for Vice, where he praised the movie for not being just a bunch of anecdotes from the set of a bad movie. He also said the book reads like a combination of “Boogie Nights” and “The Master.”
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