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Stripper's Epic Twitter Tale Is Becoming a Movie

James Franco will reportedly star and direct
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2016 5:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Aziah "Zola" Wells' epic 148-tweet rant "about why me & this b---- here fell out" will be adapted for the big screen. Variety reports James Franco will direct a film based on David Kushner’s in-depth Rolling Stone article "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted" from a script by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts; the Verge reports Franco will also star. In the November article, Kushner described Zola's tale about a last-minute trip to Tampa to strip as "Spring Breakers meets Pulp Fiction, as told by Nicki Minaj."

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Selma director Ava Duvernay was one of several celebs who became engrossed in Zola's tweets, writing that the story had "drama, humor, action, suspense, character development, there's so much untapped talent in the hood," per Vanity Fair. Indeed, the 20-year-old's story involved human trafficking, forced prostitution, rape, a suicide attempt from a fourth-floor balcony, and murder—though not everything she told actually happened. There's no word yet on when the movie might come out. At the Verge, Jamieson Cox "can't believe I'm saying this" but finds the Franco news palatable. "Zola's Floridian odyssey is basically the real-life version of Spring Breakers, a movie in which Franco turned in his best performance ever." (Read more James Franco stories.)

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