Despite being called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies," Tommy Wiseau's directorial debut The Room didn't just inspire a dedicated cult following; it will be the focus of the upcoming biopic The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco as Wiseau. It's a new spin on Tim Burton's Award-winning Ed Wood, based on the life of the director behind beloved flops like Plan 9 From Outer Space — and it's supposedly generating some early Oscar buzz.
In honor of The Disaster Artist (which is expected to open in December), here are four equally infamous yet memorable so-bad-they're-good filmmakers and actors who deserve their own biopics.
1. Nicolas Cage
At the height of his popularity in the '90s, #NicolasCage could jump from adrenaline-fueled rides like Con Air to Oscar-worthy dramas like Leaving Las Vegas with ease, making him a favorite among critics and viewers. But in the 2000s, Cage's career made a turn for the weird. Thanks to the Ghost Rider films, The Wicker Man remake, Left Behind and many more, Cage became an internet icon. Like Wiseau, Cage's mannerisms and eccentric personality became the stuff of legend, resulting in countless memes and parodies.
It's believed that his wild spending habits (which included his purchase of castles, a shark, dinosaur bones and shrunken heads) forced him to take any role regardless of quality, making Cage's descent from stardom a strange story that's worth telling in a movie. A Cage-centric biopic could show or even exaggerate the actor's weirdness (and facial expressions) for laughs, while also giving a serious glimpse of how fame, success and wealth don't last forever. And Cage could even play himself — he needs the work, right?
2. Uwe Boll
The only filmmaker more infamous than Tommy Wiseau is #UweBoll, the man responsible for butchering numerous video games by turning them into some of the worst movies ever made. With movies such as Alone in the Dark, In the Name of the King and The House of the Dead under his belt, Boll became one of the most-hated figures in the gaming community during the 2000s.
What makes Boll stand out is his life outside of the director's chair, where he challenged critics of his "masterpieces" to a boxing match called "Raging Boll." He's also been accused of using his films to manipulate German tax laws, and had a viral (and vulgar) meltdown on YouTube after his Kickstarter campaigns for future films failed to reach their targets. If Boll's eventful journey from vilified filmmaker to successful restaurant owner in Vancouver doesn't sound like a crazy biopic in the making, then I don't know what is.
3. Josh Trank And The Fant4stic Debacle
Not all movies with comic book roots are blockbuster gold. Case in point, the latest Fantastic Four reboot (stylized #Fant4stic), considered by some to be the worst of the genre. Not only did the movie rate poorly with critics and bomb at the box office, but Fant4stic was mostly known for the chaos that ensued behind the scenes.
Like how The Disaster Artist will show how The Room came to be, a biopic about Fant4stic can dramatize the events that led to director Josh Trank's dispute with 20th Century Fox. Before Fant4stic opened, Trank disowned the movie on Twitter, claiming that producers wrecked it. Fox denied these accusations, distancing themselves from the director. The stories of Fant4stic's questionable creative decisions, Trank's on-set behavior and the overall disastrous filming process would make for a modern Hollywood satire like no other.
4. The Asylum
Whenever there's a big blockbuster in cinemas, savvy moviegoers can expect a cheap knockoff from #TheAsylum to quickly hit the shelves. From ripping off Pacific Rim (Atlantic Rim) and Thor (Almighty Thor), The Asylum made a name for itself through blatant blockbuster carbon copies — and the campy Sharknado franchise. In fact, 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios threatened legal action against The Asylum for ripping off their movies (i.e. The Day the Earth Stood Still and Battleship, respectively).
How The Asylum began as a low-budget film company, later becoming synonymous with shameless yet lucrative cash-ins, is a story worth telling on the big screen. If done correctly, a biopic based on The Asylum's business model could be a satirical version of inspirational films about start-up businesses and the people behind them. The Asylum may not be known for making quality movies, but its continued existence and relevance in today's filmmaking culture is a story worthy of their own features.
Who are some "so-bad-they're-good" filmmakers you think are worthy of getting their very own biopics? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.