In a preemptive swoop, the distributor has picked up James Franco’s dramedy about a young man obsessed with cinema who rises through the ranks in 1970s Hollywood.


Franco directs and stars alongside Megan Fox, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jacki Weaver, Joey King and Dave Franco.

Franco and Vince Jolivette produce via their Rabbit Bandini Productions alongside Caroline Aragon and Michael Mendelsohn through his Patriot Pictures.

Paul Felten and Ian Olds adapted the Zeroville screenplay from Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel of the same name.

Alchemy plans to release the film, currently in post-production, in 2016.

Vice-president of acquisitions Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal with Patriot CEO Mendelsohn.