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James Franco Eyeing to Direct an Adaptation of the Novel Zeroville

2 April 2011 2:28 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

James Franco, a modern renaissance man, is eyeing to direct an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 Hollywood novel Zeroville.

Currently studying for PhD in English, the 127 Hours star has actually bought the film rights to Zeroville. According to Pineapple Express producer Judd Apatow, Franco could often be found looking around heavyweight classics such as The Iliad . It confirms opinion that Franco has a habit of picking up projects left and right such as Holy Land, The Adderall Diaries and Sal Mineo biopic.

The darkly comic story is about Ike ‘Vikar’ Jerome, a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business. The business of course is in the midst of a seismic shift as the decline of studios leads to the rise of independent directors.

Jerome soon becomes a successful film editor and gets on a Hollywood journey that ends in both tragedy and discovery. »

- Nikola Mraovic

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James Franco To Adapt And Direct Cormac McCarthy And William Faulkner

3 January 2011 12:42 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Since blowing people away with his performance in Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, James Franco has been piling on the projects like there's no tomorrow. In just the last few months he's purchased the rights to the memoir Holy Land; decided to direct a film about poet Hart Crane; signed on to a movie about famed hitman Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski; joined the cast of the next Ben Stiller-Noah Baumbach film; and announced that he's going to write and direct a Sal Mineo biopic. Most actors are lucky to have that many projects going in a decade. Oh, and did I mention that he's doing all of this while also going to classes at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design? Apparently Franco really likes to stay busy, though, as he also has two more projects coming down the pipe. Showbiz 411 is reporting that Franco will both »

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James Franco to Direct Adaptations of As I Lay Dying and Blood Meridian?

3 January 2011 11:45 AM, PST | | See recent news »

James Franco is reportedly gearing up to direct adaptations of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian.  According to Showbiz411, Franco has written a screenplay for As I Lay Dying and has been in discussions with the Faulkner estate.  Franco tells Showbiz411 that this is the project "he's most attached to" and hopes to get it off the ground next spring.  Franco is also planning to adapt Blood Meridian in 2012. Hit the jump for a brief synopsis of both books along with other projects Franco has on the horizon. [There's been an update on this story regarding Blood Meridian.  Hit the jump for more.] In addition to attending Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, Franco is also keeping busy with the following projects: He's optioned the rights to Sal Mineo: A Biography, The Adderall Diaries, and Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir. He's attached to star in Maladies with Alan Cumming, Claire Danes, and Catherine Keener. He's »

- Matt Goldberg

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