There is no doubt in my mind that The Disaster Artist is my most anticipated movie of the 2017. It’s completely blasphemous to say when a new Star Wars movie is coming out, and James Franco is still unproven as a director, but my hopes for the A24 release are extremely high. The film, which will be released on December 1st, is an adaptation of the same-titled book by Greg Sestero. Sestero, who costarred in the 2003 cult film The Room, chronicled the truly disastrous making of the film. Sestero also details his friendship with the bizarre auteur Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, directed, and starred in The Room.
While James Franco’s past films have earned derision from critics, his newest film achieved a standing ovation when it premiered at Southwest. The Disaster Artist also played at Toronto and further garnered praise. As James Franco plays the brooding and delusional Tommy Wiseau, James’ brother Dave Franco plays Tommy’s co-star Greg Sestero. James Franco’s best pal Seth Rogen plays the suffering script supervisor Sandy. Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, and Alison Brie play supporting roles. Humorous details have emerged regarding the filming of the movie, such as the fact that Franco stayed in character as Wiseau while both directing and starring.
Another reason to get excited about The Disaster Artist is due to the fact that it's an A24 release. A24 is undisputedly my favorite studio working today. With The Florida Project being a critical hit and its upcoming film Lady Bird garnering a myriad of praise, A24 is once again having a banner year. Rumor has it that the studio will be launching an awards season campaign to get James Franco an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for The Disaster Artist. The studio previously created an awards campaign for James Franco in 2013 for the Harmony Korine film Spring Breakers.
a cinema buff and a lover of bad movies, The Room has a special place in my heart. Despite its incompetencies all around and appalling misogyny, the film is a pure work of art from an indelible visionary. I was a huge fan of the book, and despite being initially wary of Franco’s directing abilities, I am glad that the film is already getting outstanding reviews. I also hope that the release of The Disaster Artist will gain The Room even more exposure. The Room is a film that has to be seen to be believed. It is a work that is so incompetent, so awful, that it ends up becoming endearing.