James Franco is ditching plans to adapt one Cormac McCarthy book for another it would seem.
The young actor turned budding filmmaker had previously been pursuing an adaptation of “No Country for Old Men” and “The Road” author McCarthy’s fifth novel, the acclaimed western “Blood Meridian”.
Earlier this year came word that Franco was the latest name attached to direct and shot some test footage that “turned out pretty well” according to the actor at a Q&A at the Toronto Film Festival (via We Got This Covered). Scott Glenn, Luke Perry and Mark Pellegrino all appeared in said footage playing the various key roles.
However Franco says that “we were gearing up to do the feature but that for various reasons is on hold”. He then went onto say that he is instead focusing on a film adaptation of McCarthy’s third book “Child of God”. That story follows Lester Ballard, a former family man now living in underground caves in Tennessee trying to exist outside society. He soon descends into increasingly darker behaviour with a big focus on necrophilia and pedophilia.
Franco is also expected to star in “Jay and Seth Vs The Apocalypse”, the feature based on the faux trailer short starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. Rogen tells Coming Soon that the film is being packaged right now with Franco expected to “play himself”.