8.6/101 Votes Alchetron
Directed by James Franco
Initial release 2017 (Germany)
Music director Dave Porter
Music by Dave Porter
Director James Franco
Cinematography Brandon Trost
|Produced by James Franco
Screenplay by Scott Neustadter Michael H. Weber
Based on The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero Tom Bissell
Starring James Franco Dave Franco Seth Rogen Josh Hutcherson Zac Efron
Production companies Rabbit Bandini Productions, Point Grey Pictures, New Line Cinema, Good Universe
Cast James Franco, Dave Franco, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron
Similar The Room, Zeroville, In Dubious Battle, The Long Home, True Story
The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy film directed, produced by, and starring James Franco. Based on Greg Sestero's non-fiction book of the same name, the film chronicles the making of the 2003 cult film The Room.
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The film stars James and Dave Franco as Wiseau and Sestero, respectively, alongside a supporting cast featuring Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, Hannibal Buress, Andrew Santino, Zac Efron, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone and Bryan Cranston. Principal photography of the film began on December 8, 2015. It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2017.
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The film depicts the early friendship of Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau, the filmmaker behind the 2003 cult film The Room, and the making of the film itself.
Celebrity cameos include Bryan Cranston, Zach Braff, J. J. Abrams, David DeCoteau, Aidiye Aidarbekov, Lizzy Caplan, Kristen Bell, Adam Scott and Danny McBride.
In February 2014, Seth Rogen's production company Point Grey Pictures announced it had acquired the book and life rights to The Disaster Artist. James Franco will direct and play Wiseau, and his brother Dave Franco will star as Sestero. Franco stated The Disaster Artist was "a combination of Boogie Nights and The Master". On September 8, 2014, it was announced that Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, screenwriters of The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now, and 500 Days of Summer, would write the script for The Disaster Artist. Cinematography for The Disaster Artist is by Brandon Trost, who previously shot This Is the End and The Interview. The title was changed from The Disaster Artist to The Masterpiece in April 2016, though The Disaster Artist was confirmed as the official title when the film's SXSW premiere was announced. It has been announced that it will most likely receive an R rating.
In June 2014, James Franco's younger brother, Dave Franco, informally announced at a midnight showing of The Room that he had been cast in the co-starring role of Greg Sestero. Upon asking Tommy Wiseau, through a Q&A session, his thoughts about him playing Sestero, Wiseau praised the decision. As New Line Cinema sought to acquire The Disaster Artist in October 2015, one of the film's producers and James Franco's frequent collaborator, Seth Rogen, was negotiated for the role of The Room's script supervisor Sandy Schklair. Schklair expressed concern over the film's portrayal of him, as Rogen did not pursue contact with him, despite his offers to sit down and discuss the film. The remainder of the principal cast was revealed in the days prior to the beginning of filming in early December 2015: Josh Hutcherson plays Philip Haldiman, Ari Graynor as Juliette Danielle, Jacki Weaver as Carolyn Minnott, Hannibal Buress as Bill Meur, Andrew Santino as Scott Holmes, and Zac Efron as Dan Janjigian. Dave Franco's fiancée, Alison Brie, is reported to have joined the cast in the role of Sestero's girlfriend at the time. Sharon Stone was announced to have been cast as a Hollywood talent agent. Sestero announced in January 2016 that Bryan Cranston was cast in the movie in an undisclosed role, then announced in November 2016 that he would be playing himself during his time working on Malcolm in the Middle.
Dave Porter composed the film's score.
Principal photography began on December 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. Filming ended on January 28, 2016.
The film had its work in progress premiere at South by Southwest on March 12, 2017. An official release date is yet to be announced.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 92% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
At the film's initial screening at South by Southwest it received a standing ovation.
Erik Childress of The Playlist gave the film a positive review writing: "It's James Franco's best performance since his Oscar-nominated turn in 127 Hours and as a director it is nice to finally seem him embrace the comfort zone of comedy with enough cameos to rival Robert Altman's The Player. Peter Debruge of Variety also gave the film a positive review writing: "A genuine capacity to delight, whether or not the audiences in question have seen The Room".