If you’ve been active on Twitter in the last few months, enjoy reading salacious stories about the wild lives of strangers, or frequently use the phrase “that’s too much Internet for today,” then you most likely know the story of Zola, the young woman behind the craziest, and probably only, stripping-trip-to-Florida tale you’ve ever heard.
Known as #TheStory, the 148-tweet epic chronicled a disastrous road trip to Florida involving the narrator, Hooters waitress Aziah ''Zola' Wells, her friend Jessica (a customer she had only recently met while at work), Jessica’s melancholic boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s insane pimp 'Z.'
The story spread like wildfire and received plenty of online attention (including praise from Selma director, Ava DuVernay), leading David Kushner of Rolling Stone to publish a story based on the tweets, entitled ‘Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.’
The article revealed more facts behind the story, dismissed other parts that Zola admitted to fabricating, and basically set the record straight on the events of that fateful trip. Of course, not long after, Hollywood came knocking and now a film based on the Rolling Stone article could be coming our way.
And who best to bring it to our screens but none other than James Franco, who, other than being a talented actor/director/writer, is the man responsible for one of the most eclectic Instagram accounts in recent history.
The script will be written by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts, with Franco in talks to direct. These plans are not concrete, however, as Zola’s mother tweeted:
If Franco is confirmed as director, a cameo appearance may not be entirely out of the question. As Kushner writes in his Rolling Stone article, the plot reads “like Spring Breakers meets Pulp Fiction, as told by Nicki Minaj,” so it would be right up Franco’s alley, following his role as Alien in Spring Breakers.
In the meantime, Franco is busy starring in and directing The Disaster Artist, a film about actor Greg Sestero’s friendship with Tommy Wiseau, the mastermind behind the best worst movie of our time, The Room.
While production of Zola's film is still in negotiations, fans of #TheStory have already begun selecting their dream-cast, posting their choices on Twitter: