Tommy Wiseau just keeps winning, despite writing and directing what many view as the worst movie ever made. Following up on the success of The Disaster Artist and the interest James Franco’s movie has generated in the making of The Room and its enigmatic filmmaker, the ridiculed 2003 cult hit is getting a wide theatrical release.
No, that doesn’t mean The Room is going to be playing at every multiplex near you. But if you live close to a theater that features Fathom Events screenings, you’ll have an opportunity to see a bad movie that you have probably only seen on DVD on the big screen.
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Rebecca Ford, Fathom Events will show The Room in theaters across the country for a one-night showing on Jan. 10 (at 8 p.m. local time). As is often the case with a Fathom screening, the show will also include some bonus features, including commercials made by Wiseau, an “inside look” at a Hollywood screening (no word on when that screening took place) and a trailer for Best F(r)iends, a new film with Wiseau and The Room co-star Greg Sestero.
(The Disaster Artist was adapted from Sestero’s book; he was portrayed in the movie by Dave Franco.)
The one-night Fathom release will put The Room in 600 theaters nationwide. When it originally opened in Los Angeles, the movie played on just one screen in town. And Wiseau — who mysteriously had a seemingly unlimited source of income — paid to have it run for two weeks so it would qualify for Academy Award consideration.
In anticipation of seeing The Disaster Artist, and not wanting to feel left out of any references or discussion, I watched The Room. And it truly is an awful movie with stiff acting, painful dialogue, a hilarious amount of love scenes, characters who contribute nothing to the story, and a narrative that goes off in several unnecessary directions. (Perhaps the funniest thing about its popularity is how Wiseau has tried to steer into the skid of people making fun of the movie by marketing it as “a black comedy.”) Though I’m glad I saw it because I think it added to my enjoyment of The Disaster Artist, it’s really not two hours of your time that are worth wasting.
Fathom Events obviously feels otherwise and is trying to capitalize on the moment that The Room is enjoying. That sound you hear is either Wiseau laughing or counting money. But how much Fathom is expecting to make from the one-night screening is curious. The fans of the movie have already seen it and depending on where you live, enterprising theaters are probably already showing it at weekend midnight screenings. (And maybe they were doing so even before The Disaster Artist provided a wave of new interest in the movie.)
But if you are a fan of The Room and really interested in watching the trailer for another Wiseau-Sestero collaboration, you don’t have to shell out 13 bucks for the Fathom Events showing. The preview is available online.
Wiseau as a mortician? It does seem like maybe his acting (and Sestero’s) has improved in the 14 years since The Room. James and Dave Franco might have another movie on their hands with this one. Check back in 10 years or so.
Again, The Room is showing for one night through Fathom Events on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. locally.