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James Franco decides to write, direct, and star in The Adderall Diaries

09.29.2010

James Franco has several awesome and interesting films coming up: 127 HOURS, YOUR HIGHNESS, and the wildcard--RISE OF THE APES.

Now he's decided to fully immerse himself in a new project, THE ADDERALL DIARIES. Deadline says that Franco will write, direct, and star in the film.

The material is being adapted from Stephen Elliot's novel, "The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder". Short synopsis? "Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, The Adderall Diaries is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self. Elliott presents a riveting journey through a landscape of false confessions, self-medication, and torturous sex."

I have never read this book. But after reading the longer summary I've posted below, I might consider picking it up. I'm sure it will be good. I'm of the opinion that most things that involved Franco are good. Most things...I was not a huge fan of FLYBOYS.

Have any of you read this? Will it make a good film?

Here's the book's fairly lengthy synopsis:

"In the spring of 2007, a brilliant computer programmer named Hans Reiser stands accused of murdering his estranged wife, Nina. Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him, he proclaims his innocence. The case takes a twist when Nina's former lover, and Hans's former best friend, Sean Sturgeon, confesses to eight unrelated murders that no one has ever heard of."

"At the time of Sturgeon's confession, Stephen Elliot is paralyzed by writer's block, in the thrall of Adderall dependency, and despondent over the state of his romantic life. But he is fascinated by Sturgeon, whose path he has often crossed in San Francisco's underground S&M scene. What kind of person, he wonders, confesses to a murder he likely did not commit? One answer is, perhaps, a man like Elliott's own father."

"So begins a riveting journey through a neon landscape of false confessions, self-medication, and torturous sex. Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, in the declining years of the Silicon Valley tech boom and the dawn of Paris Hilton's celebrity, The Adderall Diaries is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self. Tough, tender, and unflinchingly honest, it is the breakout book by one of the most daring writers of his generation."

Extra Tidbit: Can I have James Franco for my birthday tomorrow? Yeah, that's not happening.

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