James Franco hopes to direct James Ellroy’s ‘American Tabloid’ (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

Every time someone asks James Franco what he plans to do next, don’t be surprised if he names another brand new project. The actor/director/writer/musician/poet said that he hopes to direct American Tabloid, based on L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy’s novel.

“We're going to do American Tabloid by James Ellroy,” Franco told MTV News at the sundance Film Festival, where he is promoting three other projects. He says he will both star in it and direct it, but stresses that it is in the very early stages.

"It's not all put together yet,” he said. “It's still early. You're getting the scoop.”

According to HitFix, Ellroy’s novel centers on three law enforcement officers in the 1950s and 1960s who are associated with the CIA, the FBI, and the Mafia. Eventually, their stories connect with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Franco is at Sundance to promote Interior. Leather Bar, which premieres this week, and Kink. He also appears in Lovelace, which debuted at the festival.

This week, Franco also added poet to his resume, writing a poem for President Obama’s inauguration.

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