It only took 14 and a half years, but Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film “The Room” is finally getting a wide theatrical release.
Fathom Events will release the “Citizen Kane of bad movies” in more than 500 theaters around the country on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. local time for its special one-day release, TheWrap has learned. Wiseau celebrated the news on Twitter, “14 1/2 years ! Never give up!”
14 1/2 years ! Never give up ! https://t.co/eHYWgLPRUX
— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) December 19, 2017
While the 2003 release was initially panned by critics and only accumulated $1,800 at the box office, it still managed to find an audience that not only appreciates its nonsensical plot but grows every year. “The Room” which was financed, produced, written and directed by Wiseau, is about a man Johnny (Wiseau) and his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero), and a love triangle with Johnny’s wife, Lisa.
Currently in theaters, “The Disaster Artist,” starring James Franco, effectively captures Wiseau’s off-the-wall personality and comical misunderstanding of American culture (and just about everything else), while offering insight into the “The Room” and the personal story behind it.