“You’re tearing me apart Lisa!” – The Room, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, is on the biggest cult films of all time with special screenings, fan events and “quote-along” films appearing across both the UK and US all the time.
Indeed, Wiseau himself has become something of a legend with the film and it was no surprise that a film based on the making of the film and the director’s conception of the story would make its way to the big screen. Well, thanks to James Franco (Why Him?, The Interview), we now have that film in the form of The Disaster Artist, based on the book by The Room co-star Greg Sestero and it now has a prime awards season spot at the end of the year (via The Hollywood Reporter).
Indie distributor A24 has taken over the US distribution rights to the film and has set a December release. New Line Cinema/Warner Bros retains international distribution but no other release dates have yet been set. When the film debut in a “rough-cut” at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, it received a standing ovation and some stellar reviews.
In the film, Franco stars as Wiseau (as well as writing and directing) with his brother Dave Franco playing Sestero. Amongst the array of co-stars in the film are Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Efron, Zach Braff, Ari Graynor, Zoey Deutch, Jacki Weaver, Melanie Griffith and Sharon Stone, with Wiseau and Sestero also appearing.
In addition, Zach Braff, Kristen Bell, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, Keegan Michael-Key, Danny McBride and Bryan Cranston in cameos as “themselves”.
Here’s the synopsis:
“The Disaster Artist” is the true story of the making of the film “The Room,” which has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic has been screening to sold-out audiences nationwide for more than a decade.
The Disaster Artist is scheduled for a limited US release on December 1st before going wider soon after.