Considered one of the worst films ever made, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, is to receive another cinematic revival, thanks to James Franco.
So the questions are how and why?
This film has been called:
“the Citizen Kane of bad movies” – Ross W. Morin, Assistant Professor of Film Studies at St. Cloud State University.
So why is it getting anywhere near cinema again, beyond the pseudo-ironic cult showing in independent cinemas?
Well, the film’s costar Gregory “Greg” Sestero, who played the role of Mark the friend of Johnny (played by Tommy Wiseau) ending up writing a critically acclaimed and award winning book about the troubled development and production of film, so titled The Disaster Artist.
This book also detailed Sestero’s own struggles as a starving young actor and his relationship with Wiseau.
The book’s success has lead such to accolades as
“… not only a hell of a good read, it will make a great film if ever adapted. It’s equal parts Ed Wood, American Hustle and demented Citizen Kane – with a dash of Monty Python thrown into the mix”. – Judges of the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.
So perhaps it is not surprising to discover that Seth Rogen’s production company Point Grey Pictures has acquired both the film and life rights to the book in February 2014. Followed by the reveal that James Franco will be both directing and playing the role of Tommy Wiseau, while his younger brother Dave Franco will be playing as Greg Sestero and Seth Rogan will also be playing the role of Sandy Schklair.
Other casts members are set to include the likes of:
So simply point, a film considered one of the worst of all time is going to reenter the cinematic world as a somewhat self-aware biographical-comedy drama. Someone thought this was a good idea for some reason.
So will this film do well and be praised as some form of comedic satire, will it achieve a bizarre cult status like Wiseau’s The Room or will it simple bomb and end up being a complete waste of money, time and the effort of its surprisingly gifted cast (Stone and Cranston).
Does it have promise, since it did entice Stone and Cranston?
Well, I suppose we will just have to wait and see.
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