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But what James Franco really wants to do is direct Blood Meridian or As I Lay Dying

01.03.2011

Plenty of actors eventually feel the itch to get behind the camera and call the shots, and it's certainly no surprise that the endlessly ambitious James Franco is heading that way.

The actor/writer/scholar/Oscar host really wants to take the reins on an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's grim and gory Western novel BLOOD MERIDIAN. How bad does he want to climb into that saddle? He tells EW that in order to convince producer/rights-holder Scott Rudin of his qualifications, he "self-financed a test sequence of a scene from the Meridian with relatively high production values, including horses, costumes and period-accurate props, and starring Mark Pellegrino (a.k.a. Jacob from "Lost"), Scott Glenn, Luke Perry, and Francoís brother Dave, also an actor."

Several other directors have considered tackling the brutal tale of scalphunters over the years, including Ridley Scott. Franco says: "It was like, why should [Rudin] give it to me when Ridley Scott didnít make it? So I called him up and said, ĎIím planning on doing this. You donít have to give me any money, I can finance this shoot. Would you just wait? Donít do anything with it until I show this to you.í And I showed it to him and he loved it."

That doesn't necessarily mean Franco has the job, but he's not exactly sitting around and waiting -- he's also eyeballing William Faulkner's literary classic AS I LAY DYING for a directing gig. He explains his ideas for approaching the difficult stream-of-consciousness story about a woman's death and her family's delivery of the body to burial, and about handling the multiple narrators: "I want to be loyal to the book ó my approach is to always be loyal in a lot a ways ó but in order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie."

Franco, who's also made several shorts, has already been at work directing himself and Michael Shannon in THE BROKEN TOWER, a feature biopic about poet Hart Crane. He apparently doesn't sleep.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone else want to see Franco take on some lighter material and direct a comedy?
Source: EW

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3:40PM on 01/09/2011
I love Jimmy Franco. I'd trust him in anything! And if Ben Affleck could go from "being the bomb in Phantoms yo!", beating freshmen with paddles, getting f*cked by Jimmy Kimmel, and once being to Kevin Smith what Leo DiCaprio is to Scorsese... To then go on and be such a good writer/director as he has become than I'd trust Franco ftw.
I love Jimmy Franco. I'd trust him in anything! And if Ben Affleck could go from "being the bomb in Phantoms yo!", beating freshmen with paddles, getting f*cked by Jimmy Kimmel, and once being to Kevin Smith what Leo DiCaprio is to Scorsese... To then go on and be such a good writer/director as he has become than I'd trust Franco ftw.
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9:29PM on 01/04/2011

Mr. Franco please do more comedy!

I love Franco the dude can pretty much do no wrong IMO. Anybody know if he's done anymore "Acting W/James Franco" w/him @ his brother? I think he's only done 2 or 3 of them, but they are absolute classics. I keep hoping Franco's brother pop's up into something soon too.
I love Franco the dude can pretty much do no wrong IMO. Anybody know if he's done anymore "Acting W/James Franco" w/him @ his brother? I think he's only done 2 or 3 of them, but they are absolute classics. I keep hoping Franco's brother pop's up into something soon too.
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7:46PM on 01/04/2011
Well, I like Franco as an actor and I think it would be interesting to see him take on directing a film. Honestly, though, I think it would be best for him to start with something fairly small, a film that he can finance on his own and that can show off pure directing skills. I don't know if he has that kind of money, but I think he could get away with it. Once we know that he can be a good enough director, let him take on the projects he wants. As for him doing a comedy, I actually would like
Well, I like Franco as an actor and I think it would be interesting to see him take on directing a film. Honestly, though, I think it would be best for him to start with something fairly small, a film that he can finance on his own and that can show off pure directing skills. I don't know if he has that kind of money, but I think he could get away with it. Once we know that he can be a good enough director, let him take on the projects he wants. As for him doing a comedy, I actually would like to see what he can do with something more serious, as I think it would be a good opportunity for him to stretch his skills.
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4:08PM on 01/04/2011

awesome

Um a short film starring Franco and Michael Shannon??? Yes please I'll take 2.
Um a short film starring Franco and Michael Shannon??? Yes please I'll take 2.
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2:49PM on 01/04/2011
Isn't this an oxymoron; "I want to be loyal to the book ó my approach is to always be loyal in a lot a ways ó but in order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie."
Isn't this an oxymoron; "I want to be loyal to the book ó my approach is to always be loyal in a lot a ways ó but in order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie."
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2:38PM on 01/04/2011

BREAKING NEWS


James Franco is the shit.

James Franco is the shit.
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2:17PM on 01/04/2011

Franco Really is a Supertalented/Supergenius

James Franco is one of the most talented actors of our time i cant wait to see him in Howl and 127 hours and of course Your Highness but i just as much cant wait to see anything he directs. I think he could be brilliant!
James Franco is one of the most talented actors of our time i cant wait to see him in Howl and 127 hours and of course Your Highness but i just as much cant wait to see anything he directs. I think he could be brilliant!
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12:19PM on 01/04/2011

Really seems like a class act.

I still need to see Howl AND Milk (I know, blasphemy). But again, his acting in 127 Hours was riveting. This is coming from someone who was introduced to Franco as Harry Osbourne. I have gained so much love for him over the years. Plus, I've only read No Country, but my friend swears by Cormac McCarthy's writing, and I'm curious how Franco can adapt this story.
I still need to see Howl AND Milk (I know, blasphemy). But again, his acting in 127 Hours was riveting. This is coming from someone who was introduced to Franco as Harry Osbourne. I have gained so much love for him over the years. Plus, I've only read No Country, but my friend swears by Cormac McCarthy's writing, and I'm curious how Franco can adapt this story.
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11:09AM on 01/04/2011

i like him more everyday

blood meridian was awesome as are most mcarthy books

but franco is begining to impress me more
and more
blood meridian was awesome as are most mcarthy books

but franco is begining to impress me more
and more
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10:10AM on 01/04/2011
Hey, I like him and if he thinks he can pull off a good Blood Meridian adaptation why not let him try?
Hey, I like him and if he thinks he can pull off a good Blood Meridian adaptation why not let him try?
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7:46AM on 01/04/2011

Good luck

"In order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie," says Franco about a potential As I Lay Dying adaptation. Let us hope that Franco understands deeply the novel's spirit and stylistics. And, that understanding drives his redactions. Let us hope that he is not about to do debatable alterations to a literary classic. I agree that As I Lay Dying is a challenging work for a film adaptation. However, the plot of events is easy enough to shoot. And, it should hold audience
"In order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie," says Franco about a potential As I Lay Dying adaptation. Let us hope that Franco understands deeply the novel's spirit and stylistics. And, that understanding drives his redactions. Let us hope that he is not about to do debatable alterations to a literary classic. I agree that As I Lay Dying is a challenging work for a film adaptation. However, the plot of events is easy enough to shoot. And, it should hold audience interest. If nothing else, it contains earthy, grotesque images. As stated, an adaptation's main challenge would be giving each character his voice. But, we shall see what we eventually see. Good luck, James.
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6:06AM on 01/04/2011
Everybody is always talking about how much he does, but do they ever say if it is good or not? I heard his writing was average, and nothing that great about his art or studies.
If he can handle As I Lay Dying he might be able to do something with Blood Meridian, but as of now I think he has a way to go.
Everybody is always talking about how much he does, but do they ever say if it is good or not? I heard his writing was average, and nothing that great about his art or studies.
If he can handle As I Lay Dying he might be able to do something with Blood Meridian, but as of now I think he has a way to go.
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2:24AM on 01/04/2011
isnt Todd Field already making Blood Meridian?
isnt Todd Field already making Blood Meridian?
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12:17AM on 01/04/2011
I'd like to see Franco give it a shot. If he is as good as a director if he is actor and writer, then we should be in for a treat. Maybe he'll become the next best actor turned director after Ben Affleck.
I'd like to see Franco give it a shot. If he is as good as a director if he is actor and writer, then we should be in for a treat. Maybe he'll become the next best actor turned director after Ben Affleck.
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12:49AM on 01/04/2011
not even bein a dick, but what have you seen that he has written?
not even bein a dick, but what have you seen that he has written?
12:11AM on 01/04/2011
The world needs a great film adaptation of Blood Meridian. I know Franco hasn't proven himself as a director, but anyone who's this passionate about the work gets a pass from me. If he fails, I'm sure this won't be the last attempt at making the film.
The world needs a great film adaptation of Blood Meridian. I know Franco hasn't proven himself as a director, but anyone who's this passionate about the work gets a pass from me. If he fails, I'm sure this won't be the last attempt at making the film.
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