OH, HI MARK: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know About ‘The Room’ Remake
For those that enjoy frequenting midnight sessions at your local indie cinema, the film The Room and Tommy Wiseau will be all too familiar.
Despite the movie being originally released as a legit drama, it eventually found cult fandom as a comedy of sorts, after being universally deemed one of ‘the worst films of all time’.
While The Room was released back in 2003, its popularity has continued to climb, resulting in one of the lead actors Greg Sestero penning the book The Disaster Artist about the entire experience, and his often tumultuous relationship with the enigmatic Wiseau.
The rights to the tell-all book somehow ended up in the hands of James Franco back in early 2014, and with that, the film The Disaster Artist was born- an apparent remake or satire of The Room.
YOU’RE TEARING ME APART. This could be great!!
Here is everything we know so far:
What will The Disaster Artist be about?
With Franco lined up to direct, the film should follow a similar narrative to the book. Following Sestero and the casts difficulties working with Wiseau, who had zero film-making experience prior to writing, directing, producing and starring in The Room, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the film itself.
The full synopsis reads as follows:
“This is a true story about the making of THE ROOM – the cult classic described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. THE MASTERPIECE, directed by and starring James Franco, is a buddy comedy about two outsiders chasing a dream. When the world rejects them, they decide to make their own movie – and it’s a movie so wonderfully awful due to its unintentional hilarious moments, meandering plots and terrible acting.”
Who will star in the remake?
This is the exciting part, the remake is loaded with our fave celebs and even an Aussie thrown in. The cast and their roles will be:
–James Franco as Tommy Wiseau
–Dave Franco as Greg Sestero
–Seth Rogen as Sandy Schklair, the script supervisor of The Room
–Josh Hutcherson as Philip Haldiman, an actor who portrays Denny
–Ari Graynor as Juliette Danielle, an actress that plays Lisa
–Jacki Weaver as Carolyn Minnott, an actress who portrays Claudette
–Hannibal Buress as Bill Meur, the owner of a stage rented by Wiseau
–Andrew Santino as Scott Holmes, an actor who portrays Mike
–Kate Upton as Robyn Paris, an actress that plays Michelle
–Zac Efron as Dan Janjigian, an actor who portrays Chris R
–Nathan Fielder as Kyle Vogt, an actor who portrays Peter
–Alison Brie as Greg Sestero’s girlfriend
–Sharon Stone as Iris Burton, Greg Sestero’s agent
–Paul Scheer as Raphael Smadja, the first DP on The Room
–Bryan Cranston was cast in a yet-undisclosed role in the film
What does Tommy Wiseau think of the remake?
He must have given his stamp of approval of the remake, as Wiseau will appear in the film. It turns out he is apparently “contractually obligated” to have a cameo. Franco said in a recent interview with Collider:
“Tommy was involved. Contractually, we had to give him a cameo opposite me, which was very weird because I was playing him. I don’t know if that’ll end up in the movie or not, but it was a surreal experience to say the least.”
When is the film coming out?
No premiere date has been set as yet but considering they have wrapped up filming and are already holding test screenings, fingers crossed it will be later this year.
Will it be worse than the actual The Room?