Apparently there’s nothing James Franco fears more than free time. He’s at Sundance promoting two movies (“Interior, Leather Bar” and “Kink”). During the first few days of the festival he also announced he had a deal to direct and star in “Beautiful People,” a biopic of 1960s jetsetting hairstylist/Manson victim Jay Sebring, and now he says he has another directing and starring gig ready to go: an adaptation of James Ellroy’s novel “American Tabloid.” Franco told MTV “We’re going to do ‘American Tabloid‘ by James Ellroy…It’s not all put together yet. It’s still early.” He probably meant early in the morning, right? And the deal should be done, along with several other deals by this afternoon, I guess. Get on this, lazy lawyers and agents! Franco is going to write a book and make a documentary about the process before you even start saying the word, “Contract.”
Here’s the description of the book from Amazon:
We are behind, and below, the scenes of JFK’s presidential election, the Bay of Pigs, the assassination–in the underworld that connects Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C. . . .
Where the CIA, the Mob, J. Edgar Hoover, Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, Cuban political exiles, and various loose cannons conspire in a covert anarchy . . .
Where the right drugs, the right amount of cash, the right murder, buys a moment of a man’s loyalty . . .
Where three renegade law-enforcement officers–a former L.A. cop and two FBI agents–are shaping events with the virulence of their greed and hatred, riding full-blast shotgun into history. . . .
James Ellroy’s trademark nothing-spared rendering of reality, blistering language, and relentless narrative pace are here in electrifying abundance, put to work in a novel as shocking and daring as anything he’s written: a secret history that zeroes in on a time still shrouded in secrets and blows it wide open.
Hollywood has shown interest in “American Tabloid” for a while, with plans to do it as a miniseries that also folded in another book from Ellroy’s “Underworld USA” trilogy, “The Cold Six Thousand” percolating around. Bruce Willis was attached at some point and Tom Hanks and his Playtone production company also considered it, but nothing happened. Well, now Franco’s involved, so maybe something will happen.