TIFF 2017: The Disaster Artist Directed by James Franco

Nick Sanchez
September 13, 2017

The official trailer for THE DISASTER ARTIST was released today. Meanwhile, James Franco disappears into Tommy Wiseau. It was a bad movie, sure, but there wasn't anything about it that made it stand apart from other ineptly made pictures. The film also stars Franco's real-life brother, Dave Franco, as Greg Sestero - the actor who plays Mark in The Room.

I'm not a huge fan of The Room, either on its own merits or the cult that has built up around it. Peter Debruge of Variety says, "Although Franco evidently wasn't interested almost enough in Wiseau's motivations, "The Disaster Artist" does succeed in capturing the sheer ineptitude of his endeavor, including details that many don't know - and might never guess - such as Wiseau's decision to shoot "The Room" in both digital and 35mm formats, or his insistence on having his own personal bathroom on set". Even though the reaction to The Room isn't what Wiseau intended, his movie only could have come fro his mind.

"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.

Rounding out the cast is Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, Alison Brie, Dylan Minette, and Judd Apatow, to name a few.

The behind-the-scenes creative team on The Disaster Artist was led by director of photography Brandon Trost, production designer Chris Spellman, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo, and editor Stacey Schroeder.

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