Headlining what’s widely considered the worst movie of all time won’t stop Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero.
The dynamic duo — who co-starred in “The Room,” the end-all be-all of movies so bad they’re actually good — are set to reunite on-screen in the upcoming “Best F(r)iends” next year.
The film has been in the works for quite some time, as the pair released the first trailer in 2016.
But the project has gained renewed interest as “The Disaster Artist,” a film based on Sestero’s memoir about the making of “The Room,” continues to score high marks from critics and audiences alike.
Tommy plays a mortician who is possibly a vampire, and Sestero plays a drifter. The two are close friends in real life.
The adaptation, starring James Franco as Wiseau, tracks the entire filming process of the 2003 stinker, which reportedly cost its elusive leading man/director/writer $ 6 million to make.
Sestero and “Best F(r)iends” director Justin MacGregor opened up about the making of the reunion of sorts, which Sestero wrote himself.
Sestero told HuffPost that he wrote Wiseau’s character specifically for his on-and-off-again pal so that he’d be taken more seriously, as his dark, flowing locks and hard-to-place accent played off as unbelievable as an everyday man in “The Room.”
“I know how to write Tommy at this point. I can pretty much think like him,” Sestero said.
Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero are working on a new movie called “Best F(r)iends”
Added MacGregor, “The reason that Tommy works in ‘Best F(r)iends’ is he’s not trying to be somebody he’s not. He’s not trying to extend himself to be the guy in ‘The Room.’ Rather than do that, (Sestero wrote) something in Tommy’s cadence already. It’s written in his likeness. He has all the virtues of a hero, presented totally in a different way.”
As for what “Best F(r)iends” is actually about, Sestero said it’s “an ‘LA noir’ in the vein of ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Drive,’ ‘Double Indemnity’ and Michael Mann.”
Worlds away from the fatal love triangle of “The Room,” the new flick is a two-part “fable” about a mortician who may or may not be a vampire and a bridge-dwelling drifter with a mysterious past who come together after the mortician offers the drifter a job.
MacGregor also teased a scene with clowns, and said he shot the entire film over 28 days.
Sestero wrote “Best F(r)iends” with a part specifically in mind for Tommy.
Sestero is negotiating theatrical distribution deals for the movie, which MacGregor said was made on a budget comparable to the $ 60,000 used to make the cult classic “The Blair Witch Project.”
“We did the opposite of what Tommy did with ‘The Room,'” the director said. “He had all that money and then — God bless that movie — he made something godawful. We’ve done quite the opposite. We had nothing, and with good story and good filmmaking and good creative minds coming together, we’ve done something we’re proud of.”