James Franco shoots Movie about the Making of The Room

08.02.2014 Misc
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James Franco und Seth Rogen drehen gerade The Interview über zwei Journalisten auf Chaostour durch Nordkorea und bei den Dreharbeiten kamen sie auf eine weitere Idee: Machen wir doch einen Film über Tommy Wiseau und seinen Kult(s)hit The Room. Basieren wird der Film auf dem Buch The Disaster Artist von The Room-Darsteller Greg Sestero. Seth Rogen und sein Partner Evan Goldberg, die mit Superbad und letztes Jahr This Is The End großen Erfolg hatten, werden Produzenten, Franco soll Regie führen und mit seinem Bruder die Hauptrollen übernehmen, was ja mal überhaupt nicht geht. Tommy kann niemand imitieren, das ist unmöglich. Aber wenn einer weird genug ist, dieses Projekt richtig zu gestalten, dann ist es Franco mit seinem Pseudo-Arthouse-Kram der letzten Jahre. Er schrieb unlängst ohnehin Lobeshymnen auf Wiseau letztens in der Vice:

Tommy Wiseau is undoubtedly a “character,” a mysterious, self-made man whose origins and age are unknown, who somehow has enough money to spend 6 million dollars making and promoting his own film, buying all the equipment in the process. He looks like he is from Bram Stoker’s Transylvania: ageless, muscled, sweet, and scary; he is part vampire, part Hollywood dreamer, part gangster, part Ed Wood, and super lonely.

One of the keys to the book is its examination of Tommy without simplifying his ineffable qualities, much like Norma Desmond’s portrayed in Sunset Boulevard. There are two major levels within Tommy: on the surface he is a driven madman who wills a movie into being because he knows he will never be accepted by the Hollywood establishment otherwise. This surface-level Tommy is wacky because he has a whole set of beliefs, sayings, and behaviors that don’t match up with accepted modes of socializing. This wacky persona is only intensified when he goes into production because as the writer/director, he is in charge of a group of people and he needs to communicate his vision to them.

James Franco To Direct Movie About The Making Of Tommy Wiseau's Cult Favorite 'The Room'