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Zeroville is an upcoming American comedy-drama film directed by James Franco, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. The film stars Franco, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Jamie Costa, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride. Filming began on October 24, 2014, in Los Angeles. It is set to be released on September 6, 2019.[1]

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Teaser poster
Directed byJames Franco
Produced by
  • Caroline Aragon
  • Vince Jolivette
  • Michael Mendelsohn
Screenplay by
Based onZeroville
by Steve Erickson
CinematographyBruce Thierry Cheung
Distributed bymyCinema
Release date
September 6, 2019 (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States



A young seminarian who worships film arrives in Hollywood in 1969, during a transitional time in the industry.



In March 2011, the novel by Steve Erickson was optioned by actor James Franco for a feature film. On October 24, 2014, the ensemble cast joined the film, which includes Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Jamie Costa, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz.[2][3][4]


The principal photography of the film began on October 24, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.[5] Filming also took place in Pasadena in November.[5]


On September 12, 2015, it was announced Alchemy had acquired U.S distribution rights to the film.[6] However, the company filed for bankruptcy, leaving the film without a distributor.[7][8] In April 2019, it was announced myCinema had acquired distribution rights to the film, setting a September 2019 release.[9]


  1. ^ Zeroville (2019) - IMDb, retrieved 2019-05-01
  2. ^ "Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Megan Fox and More Join Franco's Zeroville". October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (October 24, 2014). "Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco And More Join James Franco's 'Zeroville'". Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Kelogg, Carolyn (October 27, 2014). "Megan Fox, Seth Rogen join James Franco in 'Zeroville'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "James Franco's 'Zeroville' begins filming in L.A." October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (12 September 2015). "Alchemy Buys James Franco Pic 'Zeroville' – Toronto". Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Alchemy Files For Chapter 7-Names Long List of Creditors".
  8. ^ McNary, Dave (July 7, 2016). "Alchemy Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Protection". Variety. Retrieved August 7, 2016.
  9. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 1, 2019). "James Franco's Delayed 'Zeroville' Saved By myCinema; Distrib's Slate Includes Julian Fellowes' 'The Chaperone' – CinemaCon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2019.

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