Actor, writer, director, artist, teacher, soap opera star—James Franco has worn many hats over the last few years. Recently, Franco attempted to direct the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel Blood Meridian. While the plans for that film fell through, Franco has decided to write the adaptation for another McCarthy book, Child of God.
Child of God is the story of Lester Ballard, a man from Tennessee who tries to live outside society’s boundaries. With no home or family, the man falls into a life or crime that involves necrophilia and pedophilia.
Out of McCarthy’s ten books, three of them have already become films. 2000’s All The Pretty Horses was a financial failure, but 2007’s adaptation of No Country For Old Men from the Coen brothers won Best Picture at the Oscars for that year. Most recently, The Road, based on McCarthy’s newest novel, was released in 2009, starring Viggo Mortensen.
Franco has recently taken to working behind the camera. Some of his projects include writing and directing The Broken Tower about American poet Hart Crane, and also writing and directing Sal, which follows the final hours of the Rebel Without a Cause actor Sal Mineo. Franco is also directing a documentary about the fetish website Kink.com.