James Franco is directing a movie based on "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room," co-written by Alamo native Greg Sestero, an actor who played Mark in the cult classic "The Room."
Written and directed by Tommy Wiseau and set in San Francisco, "The Room" (2003) features bizarre dialogue, plot holes large enough to drive a truck through, and some acting (especially from Wiseau) that is almost impossible to describe. The film has Rocky Horror-like screenings in Southern California and various other places that net Wiseau and Sestero regular speaking engagements. It inspired Sestero to write "The Disaster Artist" with journalist Tom Bissell.
According to Deadline, Franco and actor/producer Vince Jolivette will produce the film adaptation of the book, along with frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Because of Sestero's Alamo roots, the East Bay likely will serve as a film setting.
According to Rolling Stone, Sestero's book weaves together two timelines, chronicling his own rocky friendship with Wiseau, alongside his quest to become an actor in Hollywood.
"I felt really strongly about the story," he told Rolling Stone in October. "The only way to tell how this thing went down -- the good, the bad, the ugly and the inspiring parts -- was to write it and explain how it all happened. Really, when you read this book, you can walk away with a great laugh, which we all need these days. It's weirdly inspiring that Tommy had all the odds against him, but he didn't take no for an answer."
Franco apparently has a fascination with both the film and "The Disaster Artist," which he reviewed in December for Vice, calling Wiseau "part vampire, part Hollywood dreamer, part gangster, part Ed Wood and super lonely." He also wrote that the book is "both a great portrayal of hopefuls coming to Los Angeles to pursue their ambitions, and an even greater examination of what it means to be a creative person with a dream, and trying to make it come true in a form that is just as much a business, and an insider social group, as it is an art."
The film's release date and cast have yet to be confirmed.