Last fall, James Franco debuted a new web series for AOL Originals entitled Making a Scene with James Franco, where the actor recreated scenes from The Godfather, Batman, Beetlejuice, Titanic and Grease, just to name a few. This season, Making a Scene will be recreating and mashing up a slew of different TV shows, one of which being the 1999 cult classic sitcom Freaks and Geeks, where he had his breakthrough starring role as Daniel Desario. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco reveals that he'll actually be mashing up Freaks and Geeks with Saved by the Bell.
"That was the last one we shot, I think, so we're still cutting it. That, funnily enough, got mashed up with Saved by the Bell. It's high school characters vs. high school characters. That one actually turned into a musical, so you're going to get a Freaks and Geeks-Saved by the Bell musical."
For those who are unfamiliar with Freaks and Geeks, the series ran for just 18 episodes over one season on Fox, created by Paul Feig, who went on to direct Bridesmaids and is now in production on the Ghostbusters reboot. The show gained a cult following, launching the careers of all its main stars, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen (in his first ever acting role), Jason Segel, Martin Starr and Busy Philipps, who were all virtual unknowns at the time. When asked what it was like to play Daniel Desario again, James Franco had this to say.
"It was weird because it's been like 14 or 15 years. I can't believe it when I say that. It's kind of shocking to me that it's been that long. When I was on the show, it was the first thing I did that was actually any good. I didn't really understand that at the time, how rare that is or how hard it is to get such talented people together on something. When I was on it, I didn't really appreciate it. In hindsight, I can really see how special it was. I think there are a lot of people around who don't like their earlier work. I interviewed Jared Leto for Interview magazine, and I was told, 'Don't ask about My So-Called Life. He doesn't like to talk about it.' I'm like the opposite of that. I love Freaks and Geeks, so going back was fun."
For those unfamiliar with Making a Scene's concept, James Franco and his team will ask fans which movies or TV shows they want to see recreated or mashed up. They then put all of the titles on a spinning wheel, with the titles to be chosen by wherever the wheel stops. James Franco added that, in the first season, they would mash up memorable scenes from two movies, but for this season, they would combine the style and tone for two completely different TV shows. The Freaks and Geeks and Saved by the Bell was just recently shot, so it isn't clear when that episode will debut. Until then, we have a sneak peek of the Season 2 premiere, which mashes up Breaking Bad with Sex and the City, along with the Season 2 trailer that offers a tiny glimpse at the Freaks and Geeks episode and others this season. You can also visit the AOL Originals page for the full four-minute episode.