Over the years, I have been accused of being an overachiever. But if I am, then James Franco is an over-over-over-over-over-overachiever. Unfulfilled with his life as a successful actor who’s hosting the Academy Awards this year, James is also an artist (working on an exhibit inspired by “Three’s Company”), author (who published Palo Alto, a collection of short stories), and graduate student (who is enrolled in more than five programs across the country, including getting a Ph.D. in English at Yale). And now the dude has set his sights on writing screenplays and directing. And we’re not talking about stoner comedies here. Franco’s first project on the docket is William Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness masterpiece As I Lay Dying, a book it took me multiple reads and many months discussing in an American Literature class to feel like I’d fully wrapped my head around. Franco is currently in talks to write the script and be behind the camera as the novel is brought to life onscreen.
And that’s not all!After that, Franco is in talks to adapt and direct a movie version of Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian Western Blood Meridian. So what qualifies Franco to write and direct such high-profile projects? Well, duh—he’s already directed a short, “The Broken Tower.”
I think Franco needs to chill out, take some time to hang out with friends, and watch bad television. He’s got more than 35 more years to work, and he’s on pace to burn out before he’s 35. [Huffington Post]