I have this little theory that James Franco doesn’t actually sleep. I mean, he can’t have time to, right? He’s a soap star, a performance artist, a musician, a writer, an actor, a pillow doll enthusiast, a graduate film student at multiple universities, and now he’s a screenwriter and director; there’s no way he has time to count sheep at night.
Now not only is putting that film-centric, multi-university education to work by diving into the behind-the-scenes arena, but he’s doing it with some pretty intense source material. He’s just finished shooting The Broken Tower, about the modernist poet Hart Crane, and now he’s juggling two more literary options. Franco hopes to take on a Fox Searchlight adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (side note: McCarthy’s on his way to having his entire catalogue in film-form). Franco, being the literature buff that he is, wrote the screenplays for both projects. (Seriously, did he make a deal with the devil or something? It should be illegal for one person to be good at that many things.)
He’s picked quite a difficult pair of novels to bring to the screen, but being an artistic overachiever, I’m sure he’ll find a way to make both not only watchable but entirely interesting. Plus after getting a taste of the written word on the screen in Howl, I’m sure he’ll find a way to work a significant role for the part of his personality that’s still devoted to acting.