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Adaptation of James Ellroy novel will be next directorial project, Franco tells MTV at Sundance festival. He also plans to star

James Franco's offbeat directing debut Interior. Leather Bar may have received a lukewarm response from critics, but nothing seems to dampen the spirits of the ever-ebullient multi-hyphenate, who has revealed plans to adapt James Ellroy's 1995 novel American Tabloid, about a trio of government agents whose lives become entangled with the assassination of John F Kennedy.

Speaking to MTV at Sundance earlier this week, Franco said he would direct the film and take an acting role. The movie is in the early stages of development.

"We're going to do American Tabloid by James Ellroy," Franco told MTV. "It's not all put together yet. It's still early. You're getting the scoop."

Named Time Magazine's best fiction book of 1995, Ellroy's novel chronicles the lives of three rogue American law enforcement »

- Ben Child

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