Franco Plans Mineo Biopic, “Hospital” Return

James Franco has optioned film rights to a just-released biography of Sal Mineo, the enigmatic actor and James Dean’s “Rebel Without a Cause” co-star says The Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Gregg Michaud’s biography looks at the Oscar-nominated Mineo’s rise to fame in films like ‘Rebel’ and “Exodus”, his conflicted sexuality, his friendships with Dean and Natalie Wood, and his death in West Hollywood in 1976 at the age of 37 after he was stabbed by a pizza deliveryman.

Franco currently has no plans to star in the film, but will produce through his Rabbit Bandini film label and could serve as either writer or director. Franco won a Golden Globe for playing James Dean in a 2001 TV movie biopic on the actor.

Franco will also reprise his serial killer role in two episodes of “General Hospital” to air the day before and after the Oscars which he is co-hosting. The appearance is a pre-cursor to a lengthier story arc he’ll film next year.

The actor appeared in twenty-three episodes of the daytime soap this year, though due to the nature of the production’s shooting schedule he was able to film his entire role in just three days.