The canon of movies about passionate, yet awful filmmakers isn’t very large, but Tim Burton‘s terrific “Ed Wood” is about to be joined by James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist.” The story about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s cult favorite “The Room” is both hilarious and heartbreaking, with Franco going full Franco, not only directing the movie, but taking the lead role. Over the film’s credits, audiences are treated to side-by-side scenes of Franco’s recreated sequences from “The Room” and the actual segments from Wiseau’s movie. They are eerily and strikingly similar and the good news is that there’s a lot more where that came from.
Franco recently hit the “Kernels” podcast with his brother Dave Franco (who also stars in “The Disaster Artist”), where they revealed they shot nearly a half-hour of recreated scenes from “The Room.” And the good news is that there are plans to release them. Here’s what they had to say:
Kernels: ‘How much of The Room did you actually remake in the end?’
J. Franco: ‘I think we might have about 20 to 25 minutes of recreated Room scenes.’
D. Franco: ‘Beat-for-beat, move-for-move, oh yeah!’
Kernels: ‘You should get that out there at some point.’
J. Franco: ‘I know! I’m sure that’ll be on the DVD, yeah.’
That’s actually going to be a pretty terrific extra for a film that successfully rides the line of paying tribute to “The Room,” without overly mocking the movie or the man who made it.
“The Disaster Artist” opens on December 8th. Listen to the full podcast talk below.