Well, many said they would love to see this story unfold on screen (big or small), praising the author for her “narrative skills,” so this news shouldn’t surprise.
Announced via press release this afternoon, James Franco will direct an adaption of “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,” the November 2015 Rolling Stone article by David Kushner in which Aziah “Zola” Wells’ revealed the truth behind the stripper saga she detailed in a series of Twitter posts last year that went viral soon afterward.
To be titled “Zola Tells All,” Franco is teaming up with Andrew Neel, and Killer Films on the project which he’ll direct from a script penned by Neel and Mike Roberts.
Franco and Vince Jolivette are producing via their Rabbit Bandini Productions with Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa, and Gigi Films’ Gia Walsh and Kara Baker.
In October 2015, “Zola” posted a 148-tweet narrative about a trip taken to Florida with her friend Jessica, and her boyfriend, as well as Jessica’s violent pimp, Z. About a month later, Rolling Stone published Kushner’s piece in which “Zola” discussed the entire story, which went viral, as some questioned its validity.
The press release contained no details on casting or ETA, or whether “Zola” herself will be involved in any way in the making of the film. Stay tuned…