James Franco to helm true-life stripper tale Zola Tells All

Zola Tells All

Even if you don't particularly care for James Franco, you've got to respect the dude for never staying still. In addition to his acting roles, over the past five years he has also co-hosted the Academy Awards, directed multiple feature films, published a collection short stories and a book of poetry, and taught a movie class at Palo Alto High School.

Franco is currently filming for his making-of THE ROOM comedy THE DISASTER ARTIST, and it was recently announced that he will helm ZOLA TELLS ALL, an adaptation of David Kushner's Rolling Stone article "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted." Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts have been tapped to write the film's script, and although there's no word on if Franco will also star, he will produce the project with Vince Jolivette through their Rabbit Bandini Productions banner.

Some backstory: In October of 2015, stripper Aziah "Zola" Wells went on a road trip to Florida with a woman named Jessica (a Hooters waitress she met in Detroit), Jessica's boyfriend, and "Z," Jessica's violent Nigerian pimp. Wells chronicled her journey on her Twitter account, which devolved "into a terrifying tale of prostitution, violence and crazed behavior." It wasn't long before her posts went viral, and a month later Rolling Stone published Kushner's interview with Wells. Do you have any casting ideas in mind for ZOLA TELLS ALL?

James Franco's Hulu limited series 11.22.63 has been set to premiere on February 15th, and you can check out Chris Bumbray's review of the first two episodes of the Stephen King adaptation here.

Source: via Empire



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