Has any filmmaker mined the sardonic enthusiasm for a gloriously bad film more than Tommy Wiseau?
A man who sizes up the world with nothing less than a comically intense stare, he comes to town for screenings of his notorious 2003 cinematic clunker "The Room" on Wednesday and Thursday at the Music Box Theatre, which has been "The Room's" unofficial home base in Chicago for years.
Despite the film's solid cult status, Wiseau's fame, infamy — whatever you want to call it — is still an underground phenomenon. But that may change. In June it was reported that James Franco intends to direct and star in the movie adaptation of "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room," written by one of "The Room's" co-stars, Greg Sestero. (Franco's brother Dave is reportedly lined up to play Sestero.)
Apparently Wiseau has a sitcom in the works as well, called "The Neighbors," which he plans to launch at some point in the near future. Here is a clip. The details are murky, as are all things Wiseau-related; perhaps he will share more information about the show during his Chicago appearances.
Go to the Music Box website for more info.