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James Franco sued over upcoming Charles Bukowski movie

By Will Ashton,

Among the seemingly thousands of projects that actor/writer/director/author/professor/etc. James Franco is working on at the moment is a biography of the author Charles Bukowski titled, simply, Bukowski. While Franco is already supposed to have the movie in the can, a new legal suit being pushed at him may cause the release of the movie to be delayed.


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According to TMZ, author Cyril Humphris is suing the filmmaker. His biography of Bukowski, titled Ham on Rye, is said to be the work which the movie is based upon. Franco obtained the rights to the book back in 2009 but nothing became of it and the rights allegedly expired a year later.

It has now been a couple of years and a Bukowski movie from Franco is on the way.

The original report stated that Franco had not yet responded to the allegations publicly. Although, according to Daily Mail, Franco has asked that the judge to throw out the case. Franco has apparently filed legal documents claiming that Bukowski is actually based on Bukowski's writing and has nothing to do with Humphris' biography.

More about this case and this film should become public in due time. If nothing does become of the legal case, however, expect to see Franco's latest movie sooner than later.

This is actually the second project of Franco's to drum up controversy as The Interview, the upcoming Seth Rogen film that he is co-starring in, has upset North Korean leaders who want to keep it from being released.

Unless North Korea has it way, expect to see Franco in The Interview in theaters on Oct. 10, 2014. But that's not all, of course, as he was just seen in Palo Alto(based on his book of the same name), Veronica Mars and Third Person earlier this year, and will soon be seen in such movies as Good People, True Story, Queen of the Desert, Yosemite, Every Thing Will Be Fine and Memoria sometime either this year or next.

He also has other projects that he is involved in as a director and star, or just director, as well, including Child of God, The Sound and the Fury, Metamorphosis: Junior Year and Black Dog, Red Dog, in addition to Bukowski, coming to theaters and film festivals either this year or next as well. Is it possible that there are two James Francos, or that he just never sleeps?

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