James Franco is set to direct a film based off of the Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.” With a script by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts, the movie is simply titled Zola Tells All and will detail the journey taken by exotic dancer Aziah “Zola” Wells to Florida with her friend Jessica and her boyfriend, as well as Jessica’s violent pimp Z. Kushner.
The Rolling Stone article was itself was inspired by Zola’s Twitter-documented trip to Florida, in which she relayed all of the crazy events the group got into in just under 150 tweets. The internet expectedly became obsessed with the story, and immediately clamored for the possibility of a film adaptation of the events of her journey.
The movie will be produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions, along with producers from Killer Films (Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa) and Gigi Films (Gia Walsh and Kara Baker). Most recently, Franco collaborated with Killer Films and Neel in the frat house hazing movie Goat, which was much-talked about at Sundance this year. No clear date was given on the timeline for Zola Tells All, or how far along Neel and Roberts’ script is currently at, but Franco is gearing up for the media push for 11.22.63, so more hints of the new project may come soon.
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