Franco Plays “Game”, Debuts “Francophenia”

James Franco is in negotiations to star in the film adaptation of the best-selling ‘how to pick up women’ guide “The Game” at MGM says The Hollywood Reporter.

The book follows author Neil Strauss and his efforts to learn the tricks to becoming a successful pick-up artist. Franco would star as Mystery, a man who serves as Strauss’ mentor.

Brian Koppelman and David Levien are writing and directing the project which has been in development for years at various studios. Several different directors have been attached to helm in that time including Chris Weitz and Rawson Marshall Thurber.

Meanwhile Franco’s “Franchophrenia”, a film he co-directed using footage from his stint on the soap “General Hospital”, will premiere at the Rotterdam International Film Festival at the end of the month.

Called a “humorous psycho-thriller”, Franco and his co-director Ian Olds penned a script to incorporate existing footage shot on GH of the actor in his recurring role as avant-guarde artist ‘Franco’.