James Franco’s SNL Documentary SATURDAY NIGHT May Be Released by Focus Features

     March 4, 2013


It was nigh on three years ago that one mister James Franco, a largely unknown film student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, presented his behind-the-scenes documentary of Saturday Night Live to the delight of audiences at SXSW. Entitled Saturday Night the film charmed audiences and critics alike once again at Tribeca, (link 1) was then picked up by Adam Yauch’s Oscilloscope, and then… silence.

Until today that is. Hit the jump for news straight from the Franco’s mouth.

In Mike Ryan’s interview at Huffington Post for Franco’s latest film, Oz the Great and Powerful, he asked the actor about whatever happened to Saturday Night. Franco replied with a hope-charged answer:

“…We sold it to Oscilloscope. And then, really sadly, Adam Yauch died, so then all of the projects with Oscilloscope were kind of tied up in a weird way. So, now we’ve sold it to Focus Features …

Which has the same ownership as NBC and Universal …

So maybe that’s in our favor. So we’re just working out the final logistics, and it will come out. I don’t know if anyone who is featured in the documentary is still on “SNL” [laughs], but there’s a few — Hader — a few people hanging on. But it’s still a very interesting view into that world.”

Always the man of a million talents, Franco’s look into SNL is sure to be unique, and with SNL currently NBC’s only scripted show with a decent sized and devoted audience, this doc just may have some legs.


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