James Franco and a former student in Franco’s UCLA film class have resolved their legal dispute.
Student Ryan Moody filed a lawsuit in March 2018 against Franco’s production company, Rabbit Bandini Productions, and Seth Rogen’s production company, Point Grey Pictures.
Moody was allegedly deceived by Franco and gave up the rights to five early drafts of “The Disaster Artist” scripts for a paltry $5,000, according to Variety. Moody was supposedly asked by Franco to adapt the book in 2013 and was later replaced by more experienced writers.
Franco’s former student was also allegedly promised an associate-producer credit he did not receive. Moody’s attorney Brian M. Grossman told E! News the lawsuit was settled and the student’s attorney filed a request for dismissal on January 8.
“The Disaster Artist” — based on the “The Room”, often considered among the worst movies ever made — was a critical success and racked up an Oscar and two Golden Globes nominations.
There is no word on the terms of the settlement.