Since its premiere at the Tribeca and SXSW Film Festivals, the release of the long-awaited Saturday Night documentary is no longer a pipe dream. The film has been one of the most highly anticipated releases since the original announcement from Oscilloscope Pictures in 2010. And, starting today, it will be available for you to watch and enjoy, only on Hulu Plus. This marks the premiere and streaming debut of the documentary to the public.
For his NYU Film School Project, James was able to get unprecedented access to the inner workings of Saturday Night Live like no one else ever had. The end result was Saturday Night – a behind-the-scenes look at the production of an SNL episode back in 2008. James documented the entire week from the pitch sessions, to the table reads and rehearsals, to the final broadcast.
The film features two-time Academy Award nominee and legendary Hollywood A-lister John Malkovich as the host of the very special episode, which was also known for the return of cast favorite Amy Poehler (back from maternity leave) and musical guest TI. The original NYU assignment was to make a 7-minute documentary short centered on one person. Franco set out profiling cast member Bill Hader, but the opportunity to make a full-length feature was too good for him to to pass up.
Since its debut, the film has gathered much acclaim. According to Indiewire, the documentary debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in 2010 and the independent movie studios were salivating to get their hands on it. And, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys and principal of Oscilloscope praised the doc by stating, “SNL is my mother f*ckin’ shit, and James is my mother f*ckin’ man.” High praise indeed.
Hulu is thrilled to be working with Rabbit Bandini Productions (Franco’s production company) to bring this project to Hulu. It is generally hard to characterize a film as having “cult status” prior to it ever having been publically shown…this might be the exception. Head over to Hulu Plus to experience it for yourself!