A United Kingdom release date for The Disaster Artist is yet to be announced. It's a film so freakish and so unusual that only the team of James Franco, Dave Franco and Seth Rogen could do a biopic on the film justice. Sitting down in Entertainment Weekly, PEOPLE, and InStyle's studio at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dave discussed why it's taken so long for them to collaborate. It's hard to imagine an audience more primed to love a movie about The Room, the legendarily bad movie whose astronomical badness has inspired a devoted cult-or one more prepared to recognize its flaws, should Franco and co. have fucked it up.
"The Disaster Artist" received a standing ovation when it first screened as a work in progress at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March.
Reviews for The Disaster Artist have been generally positive. We also get a sense that Franco isn't making a total mockery of Wiseau; in a weird parallel, Franco's commitment to channeling Wiseau seems to match Wiseau's commitment to...whatever has most recently popped up in his head. However, the one that's made the strongest run for that title in the last 20 years is probably Tommy Wiseau's 2003 movie The Room. Josh Hutcherson, Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, Melanie Griffith, Sharon Stone, and Jacki Weaver co-star in the film, and the real Wiseau will also have a cameo as well.