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James Franco: Serial killer? Wants to direct and star in The Night Stalker

01.18.2011

I just checked our archives, and in about the last six months or so, we've managed to write 22 stories featuring James Franco. The range of projects he's been and is currently attached to is pure insanity, and we've covered his rumored attachment to RICKY STINICKY, RISE OF THE APES, HOWL, THE ADDERALL DIARIES, THE ICEMAN, ELYSIUM, CLASH OF THE TITANS 2, WHILE WE WERE YOUNG, BLOOD MERIDIAN, AS I LAY DYING and not to mention his gigs on General Hospital or hosting this year's Oscars. I even saw him in GREEN HORNET for a scene unless I was hallucinating.

Time to add one more onto the pile. Franco is saying he now wants to direct and star in THE NIGHT STALKER, the tale of real-life serial killer Richard Ramirez, based on the book by Philip Carlo. Ramirez was responsible for a string of vicious murders in the '80s and it seems Franco would want to explore his dark side with the project. Screenwriter Nicholas Constantine explains where the script current is:

"This isn't a horror film," he explains. "Nor does it glorify Ramirez in any way. Philip Carlo painted an amazing portrait of Ramirez the human being, and how he became that monster. James Franco shares that vision, and we all agree that he's the one actor, and now director, who can do that vision justice. He read the material and responded to it immediately."

You know, until I see some of these projects actually being made, I'm going to have to say Franco is the actor/director/host crying wolf right now. No one can multitask this well. Can they?

From Wikipedia:

Franco reportedly has "an unusually high metabolism for productivity...a superhuman ability to focus". Dissatisfied with his career's direction, Franco reenrolled at UCLA in the fall of 2006 as an English major with a creative writing concentration. Having received permission to take as many as 62 course credits per quarter compared to the normal limit of 19 while continuing to act, he received his undergraduate degree in June 2008 with a GPA over 3.5.

For his degree, Franco prepared his departmental honors thesis as a novel under the supervision of Mona Simpson. He moved to New York to simultaneously attend graduate school at Columbia University's MFA writing program, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for filmmaking, and Brooklyn College for fiction writing, while occasionally commuting to North Carolina's Warren Wilson College for poetry. As of 2010, Franco is a PhD student in English at Yale University and will also attend the Rhode Island School of Design.

Christ on a cracker. This guy's going to be president someday isn't he? Or we'll discover he's some alien robot programmed to take over earth with a winning smile and a bionic computer for a brain.

Extra Tidbit: I feel accomplished when I go to the bank and do laundry in the SAME DAY.
Source: NYPost

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11:44PM on 01/18/2011
Daniel Desario. Serial Killer.
Daniel Desario. Serial Killer.
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5:11PM on 01/18/2011

Extra Titbit

I did the lol. I feel the same way.
I did the lol. I feel the same way.
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4:55PM on 01/18/2011
I read somewhere, as a quote from him, that due to his insane schedule when he gets any down time he sleeps and jerks off. That's it. This man is my hero.
I read somewhere, as a quote from him, that due to his insane schedule when he gets any down time he sleeps and jerks off. That's it. This man is my hero.
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4:37PM on 01/18/2011
I love James Franco and would see anything he does...but I really don't wanna see a Richard Ramirez movie. The guy was extremely unpleasant and whilst I would love to see Franco explore his dark side, I don't want to watch a whole movie about a dude breaking into people's house, raping wives and killing husbands. Oh well, hopefully the cast and crew can sway me.
I love James Franco and would see anything he does...but I really don't wanna see a Richard Ramirez movie. The guy was extremely unpleasant and whilst I would love to see Franco explore his dark side, I don't want to watch a whole movie about a dude breaking into people's house, raping wives and killing husbands. Oh well, hopefully the cast and crew can sway me.
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4:03PM on 01/18/2011
I knew he went back to school for creative writing, but 62 credits can be accurate? Can it? CAN IT?!
I knew he went back to school for creative writing, but 62 credits can be accurate? Can it? CAN IT?!
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3:55PM on 01/18/2011
It's safe to say that he's definitely into his craft. I find it refreshing to see someone with actual talent be so ambitious. He might be one of the few shining lights in the future of Hollywood that will go far and keep his integrity while doing so. Just a thought.
It's safe to say that he's definitely into his craft. I find it refreshing to see someone with actual talent be so ambitious. He might be one of the few shining lights in the future of Hollywood that will go far and keep his integrity while doing so. Just a thought.
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3:28PM on 01/18/2011
The man is dedicated. He's talented and would love to see him actually make some of these said projects.

If Franco keeps this work up, he's going to have a hell of a career to look back on.
The man is dedicated. He's talented and would love to see him actually make some of these said projects.

If Franco keeps this work up, he's going to have a hell of a career to look back on.
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3:23PM on 01/18/2011

Does he sleep??


Cocaine's a hell of a drug.

Cocaine's a hell of a drug.
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3:19PM on 01/18/2011
And he rips the heads off bears!
And he rips the heads off bears!
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2:48PM on 01/18/2011
Dudes a bad ass!
Dudes a bad ass!
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2:39PM on 01/18/2011
he could totally pull off serial killer
he could totally pull off serial killer
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2:39PM on 01/18/2011

Cameo?!?!

I'm guessing he was the cameo in the Green Hornet that every other reviewer was careful not to mention.. Thanks
I'm guessing he was the cameo in the Green Hornet that every other reviewer was careful not to mention.. Thanks
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4:49PM on 01/18/2011
someone's always gotta complain about an inconsequential spoiler.
someone's always gotta complain about an inconsequential spoiler.
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