A24 Picks Up James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’


Well, this is a welcome surprise. After waiting for what feels like an eternity, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist has finally found distribution, along with an award-friendly release date. The film, based on Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book of the same name, chronicles the making of the 2003 cult film The Room and screened at this year’s SXSW back in March.

The film finished filming last January, so fans of The Room have been patiently waiting for Franco’s biographical comedy for quite some time. But now the independent juggernaut A24, along with New Line Cinema, have decided to come together to give the film a December 8 release, with a limited rollout starting on December 1st. The film will open up nationwide against Guillermo Del Toro‘s The Shape of Water.

This is a prime slot for an award-friendly film which, until now, I hadn’t considered this film to be. But that along with A24’s backing, maybe we should seeing it as such. I just can’t wait to see Franco (who’s playing Tommy Wiseau) share a scene with Wiseau himself. That’ll be a joy.

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist will be released nationwide December 8th.


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