James Franco Options “Zeroville”

James Franco is looking to direct an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel “Zeroville” says Variety.

The darkly comic story follows Ike ‘Vikar’ Jerome, a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business. The business of course is in the midst of a seismic shift as the decline of studios leads to the rise of independent directors.

Jerome soon becomes a successful film editor and embarks on a Hollywood journey that ends in both tragedy and discovery. Characters in the book include such legends as Robert De Niro, Brian De Palma, Ryan O’Neal, John Milius, Margot Kidder, Ali McGraw, Paul Schrader and the ghost of Montgomery Clift.

Franco will produce the film through his Rabbit Bandini Prods. with an eye to direct, but not star in, the picture. Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette will also produce and shooting aims to kick off early 2012.