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James Franco's I Am Michael will finally get a theatrical release

11.30.2016

Sometimes movies go through the entire process of production only to never truly see the light of day with a theatrical release. Such has been the case for a completed James Franco drama, I AM MICHAEL, which screened at Sundance in 2015 only to not get picked up for distribution. The movie seemed doomed to the underbelly of unreleased cinema, never to be seen in theaters or at home...until now. Twist!

News is that Brainstorm Media has picked up the rights to the movie and will distribute it to theaters on January 27, 2017 with a 10-market run and at-home digital release. The film from director Justin Kelly, executive producer Gus Van Sant and produced by Franco was made back in 2014, but aside from its Sundance screening was only shown at small festivals and events where it received mostly warm reception. Based on the New York Times article, MY EX-GAY FRIEND, MICHAEL tells the true story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay youth activist who became a straight Christian pastor, effectively denouncing his gay lifestyle. The film also stars Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Daryl Hannah. Franco had this to say about the project:

“I Am Michael is an incredibly original film on a very important topic: identity. As we move into a new presidency where sexual orientation might once again be called into question, a film that examines this from such an unusual perspective is invaluable. I'm proud to be a part of it.”

I don’t know much about this movie other than what I've read about it for this piece, but the international trailer for the film (below) is engaging enough, and the actual story itself is one I feel like I really need to read more about. Whether or not the movie is good is one thing, but I’m just glad it will get a chance to be seen. I mean, when's the next time we're gonna get to see James Franco in anything?

I AM MICHAEL will go into limited theaters and digital release January 27 and check out Chris Bumbray's review from 2015 here!

 

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12:41PM on 11/30/2016
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12:01PM on 11/30/2016
I just saw the headline picture and though Franco looked like Archer in the episode where he was trying to seduce a gay guy in Miami, happy to see he doesn't rock the bleached hair for the whole flick.
I just saw the headline picture and though Franco looked like Archer in the episode where he was trying to seduce a gay guy in Miami, happy to see he doesn't rock the bleached hair for the whole flick.
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10:02AM on 11/30/2016

It's likely not the subject matter that scared studios off....

The movie is more than likely really bad. Multiple studios passed on it and its been shelved for close to three years. All this, at a time when the subject matter is much more socially acceptable than it's been in years past. There is an outside chance that this is a hidden gem that got buried because it was played to the wrong crowd, but I seriously doubt it.
The movie is more than likely really bad. Multiple studios passed on it and its been shelved for close to three years. All this, at a time when the subject matter is much more socially acceptable than it's been in years past. There is an outside chance that this is a hidden gem that got buried because it was played to the wrong crowd, but I seriously doubt it.
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