Magazine article Screen International

James Franco Accusations Throw 'The Disaster Artist' International Release into Question

Magazine article Screen International

James Franco Accusations Throw 'The Disaster Artist' International Release into Question

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Will Warner Bros stick with distribution plan?

The fate of the international release of The Disaster Artist has come under the spotlight after five women accused Golden Globe winner James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative conduct.

The accusations ran in an article in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday (January 11), days after Franco told Late Show host Stephen Colbert that earlier accusations were “not accurate” and followed that up with an apearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday in which he said he wanted to let people with allegations speak out.

The Disaster Artist is winding down in North American theatres, where it has grossed $19.6m through A24 since the December 1 release. The film earned Franco the best actor in a musical or comedy award at Sunday’s Golden Globes and the best comedy actor prize at Thursday evening’s Critics’ Choice Awards (which Franco did not attend), however it would appear an Oscar push has ended as sources said the Academy would likely be monitoring the situation to decide whether the unfolding story will render the film ineligible for consideration. Neither A24 nor the Academy was available for comment.

Of greater urgency is the film’s international roll-out through Warner Bros Pictures International. Studio representatives had not returned calls at time of writing to clarify whether the ongoing allegations would impact distribution strategy. …

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