Newswire: James Franco to direct film version of Twitter’s infamous “Zola” saga

Bringing together a real-life Spring Breakers-style story with real-life Spring Breakers star James Franco, Deadline is reporting that Hollywood’s favorite accent-loving imp has signed on to direct a film based on a popular Twitter story about a woman’s disastrous trip to Florida, America’s dangling factory for madness.

Franco is re-teaming with Goat director Andrew Neel (who’s providing the screenplay) for an adaptation of David Kushner’s “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,” a Rolling Stone article that delved into the reality underpinning the epic tale of dancing, prostitution, and violence that’s become known in Twitter circles as #TheStory. As recounted with considerable brio by Detroit-based dancer Aziah “Zola” Wells, the story finds our young protagonist recruited for a trip down South by a recent acquaintance via promises of lucrative stripping work, only for her to quickly get …

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