James Franco will direct a film based on the viral tale of stripper Aziah “Zola” Wells’ adventure to Florida.
The movie is an adaptation of David Kushner’s Rolling Stone magazine piece “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.”
Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts will write the script.
Zola caught the attention of the Twitterverse after she began her 148-tweet rant about a wild road trip to Florida with her friend Jessica, Jessica’s boyfriend and Jessica’s violent pimp “Z.” The Rolling Stone article came out in November.
Franco and Vince Jolivette are producing through their Rabbit Bandini Productions with Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa and Gigi Films’ Gia Walsh and Kara Baker.
Franco, Neel and Killer Films most recently collaborated on Goat, which Franco produced and Neel directed. The film premiered at Sundance and was bought by Paramount Home Media. CAA, which represents Franco, Neel, Killer Films and Kushner, will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.
Franco previously directed In Dubious Battle, The Sound and the Fury and the upcoming pic The Disaster Artist. He also is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Neel also is repped by Washington Square Films.