As Variety’s Peter Debruge hails The Disaster Artist as James Franco achieving “what could become his most iconic role,” others like The New Yorker’s Richard Brody have claimed it’s a good movie, but Franco missed the mark; The Room is a better movie. Truth be told, reviews are always mixed for any movie, but when you compare a new theatrical film to what’s become known as the worst movie ever made, that’s saying something. The Disaster Artist, which is directed by, and stars James Franco, along with his brother Dave and long time collaborator Seth Rogan, follows the making of The Room, known to many as the worst movie ever made. The Room was a production-disaster-turned-cult-classic that was the lifeblood of two aspiring filmmakers, Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. The two met and, realizing their dreams of filmmaking, decided to go to Hollywood to make their masterpiece. A $6 billion bill, countless horrendous reviews, and an opening weekend of only 200 ticket sales, however, seemed to literally spell disaster for the young filmmakers. But sometime after the initial release, something unexpected began to happen. Continue reading →
Last year, author Greg Sestero and co-writer/journalist Tom Bissell published their memoir-novel The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. The book follows the making of the cult classic, The Room, of which Sestero co-wrote and co-starred alongside director Tommy Wiseau, in what has become known by many as the worst movie ever made. The Room was released back in 2003 after being plagued by problem after problem in production, including countless actors and crew members being brought on and fired during filming. The movie made a total of $1800 at the box office from a budget of $6 million, becoming one of the biggest flops the film industry has ever seen. Now, actor/director James Franco has decided to adapt the book for the big screen, and will be taking on directing and co-producing roles with Point Grey Productions. Franco and his brother may even be taking on the leading roles, but that has yet to be officially announced. Stay tuned for more updates.