The epic midnight movie The Room is getting the Hollywood treatment, as James Franco’s adaptation about the making of the phenomenon, THE DISASTER ARTIST, is set to shoot this December. Our sources confirm that Seth Rogen, who’s producing the pic with partner Evan Goldberg, is also circling an undisclosed role. Rogen’s attachment to the project shouldn’t come as too big of a shock considering his penchant for collaborating both on and off screen with Franco and given his outspoken affection for the The Room.
Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber scripted the adaptation, which James Weaver and Vince Jolivette are also producing. Not unlike Tommy Wiseau–the mysterious genius behind The Room–Franco will wear several hats on the project: directing, producing, and starring. Franco will take on the role of Wiseau, the enigmatic filmmaker who infamously created the cult classic, which is often hailed as the ‘best worst movie ever made’.
Dave Franco is also attached to star as actor Greg Sestero, who appeared as the character Mark in the film and wrote The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room with journalist Tom Bissell, the book on which Franco’s film is based.
Franco optioned the book in 2014, with Rogen and Goldberg coming on to produce via their Point Grey banner. Good Universe is also producing, along with Franco’s Rabbit Bandini shingle. Erin Westerman oversees for Good Universe.
In addition to Rogen’s potential on-screen involvement, Brandon Trost has been hired to shoot the drama. Trost of course is a frequent collaborator of Franco and Rogen, having shot This is The End, Neighbors, and The Night Before, and is currently shooting Neighbors 2.
Sestero’s book details his experience making the infamous film, which centers on Johnny, an amicable banker who finds his life being torn apart after his best friend Mark begins a steamy affair with his fiancee Lisa. Due to odd storytelling, bizarre dialogue and obvious technical faults, The Room quickly gained a cult following after its 2003 release, eventually becoming a staple at midnight screenings. The mystery surrounding the making of the film will serve as the focus of The Disaster Artist.
Rogen, who can currently be seen in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, has his hands full with a plethora of new projects, including the AMC series Preacher, which he directs and executive produces. He’ll next be seen in Sony’s Christmas comedy The Night Before, which is unwrapped on November 20th. He also just finished another Franco-directed picture, the Sound and The Fury adaptation, which co-stars Franco, Jon Hamm, and Danny McBride.
Rogen is repped by UTA and Gotham/Principal.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor