Last year, a former stripper went on Twitter to tell the story of a girl’s trip gone wrong. The story, recounted by a woman named Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells was told through a series of Tweets that mesmerized the internet. Afterwards, a Rolling Stone piece verified the mostly true story of what actually happened when two women from the Detroit area headed down to Florida to work as strippers when things went wrong. Now, Actor/director James Franco (Spring Breakers) is directing a movie based on the Rolling Stone article.
The project is based on David Kushner’s story for Rolling Stone, published in November and titled “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.”
Franco will direct from a script by Neel and Mike Roberts. 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.
Kushner’s story was billed as an exclusive account of Wells’ 148-count tweet about her October road trip to Florida with her friend Jessica, Jessica’s boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s violent Nigerian pimp “Z.”
The first tweet read, “Okay listen up. This story long. So I met this white bitch at Hooters…” The tweets include a hustler getting murdered and Jarrett leaping from a four-story window.
“It reads like ‘Spring Breakers’ meets ‘Pulp Fiction,’ as told by Nicki Minaj,” Kushner observed.