James Franco’s SXSW Hit, THE DISASTER ARTIST Opens In The U.S. This December

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Posted May 16, 2017 by Lee Golden in News

New Line Cinema and A24 announced on Monday that they are partnering on the nationwide release of James Franco’s acclaimed comedy The Disaster Artist on December 8. Exclusive engagements will begin December 1.

A24 will have domestic distribution rights for the film on all platforms. Warner Bros. Pictures will oversee the international distribution, with release dates to be determined.

The Disaster Artist recently screened as a work-in-progress at the 2017 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it received an extended standing ovation and strong praise from critics, particularly for James Franco’s transformative performance as the singular Tommy Wiseau.

The Disaster Artist is the true story of the making of the film The Room, which has been called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic has been screening to sold-out audiences nationwide for more than a decade.

James Franco directed The Disaster Artist from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell. Franco leads the cast, along with Dave Franco and Seth Rogen.  The ensemble also features Alison Brie, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, and Jason Mantzoukas.

The behind-the-scenes creative team was led by director of photography Brandon Trost, production designer Chris Spellman, costume designer Brenda Abbandandolo, and editor Stacey Schroeder.  The score was composed by Dave Porter.  The film was produced by Franco, Vince Jolivette, Seth Rogen, James Weaver, and Evan Goldberg.

The Disaster Artist is a New Line Cinema presentation in association with Good Universe and RatPac-Dune, a Point Grey production in association with Ramona Films.

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