Say what you will about the traveling circus that is James Franco's career, but the guy keeps working and never lets himself get stuck in a rut. Next up for Franco is a big-screen adaptation of a drug-addicted bondage writer following a murder trial, a film he seems determined to make all by himself.
Franco has bought the rights to Stephen Elliott's "The Adderall Diaries," which he will adapt, direct and star in, reported Deadline. The memoir recounts Elliott's overcoming writer's block by covering the trial of Hans Reiser, a man accused of killing his wife (If you're into spoilers, you can find out who did it here).
During the trial Sean Sturgeon, who was the maid of honor at Reiser's wedding (not a misprint) and member of the same BDSM scene as Elliott, confessed to committing several other murders. This all took place while Elliott was popping Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed to folks with ADHD.
The book earned rave reviews upon its release last year, with words like "genius," superb" and "remarkable" being tossed about.
"Despite the luridness of the subject matter, the author creates a refined, beautiful work of art. His themes-seemingly crime, murder, drugs and sadomasochistic sex-actually encapsulate the nature of truth, self, love and memory, and the limits of art to get at them all. Deserves a place on the shelf next to such classics of uninhibited American introspection as 'On the Road' and 'A Fan's Notes,'" read the starred review in Kirkus.
This year alone Franco has starred in "Howl," "Date Night," "William Vincent" and "Eat Pray Love," with the Oscar-buzzy "127 Hours" still to come. Oh and he's also been working on four post-graduate degrees, including a PhD. You can see where a book about Adderall might have some appeal for him...