Update: Screenwriter David Linsday-Abaire has informed us The Wrap is incorrect and he is not involved, as these are two separate projects. See the original story below.
Maybe I just have a short memory — or, for that matter, didn’t bother to pay attention — but the whole James Franco overload really petered out this year. Unlike much of 2011, no longer did we here about new indie projects to direct, art installations to set up, or even that many films to lead. (Save for a blockbuster that isn’t hitting until March.) Where did those 100 projects — three of which we actually about past their initial announcement — all go?
No matter. He’s still here, and angling toward a project with real potential in its bones. TheWrap inform us the actor and his Oz co-writer, David Lindsay-Abaire (also of Rabbit Hole), are making another team-up to adapt the latter’s play, Good People, which Franco is expected to headline alongside an as-yet uncast female lead. This Boston-set story focuses on Margie, a struggling woman (played in the theater by Frances McDormand) who, after being fired from a low-paying job, seeks help from an old school pal that may have fathered her disabled child. If that sounds small, you’ve got it right: learning about some other plot developments would indicate that, yes, Good People is as small-scale as the first word would suggest.
Which is only good for Franco, an actor whose slight penchant for big movies (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Your Highness) has often stifled his acting ability in noticeable ways. When given something of value, though, one can stand to read about some My Own Private Idaho tribute he took up for the hell of it — and while I don’t need more of those, a sort of excuse for them is just as good. Signs point toward the actor making a deal — some claim he’s already trying to fit it into his schedule — and, if he makes it happen, this writer would be enormously pleased.
Millennium Films are putting their support behind Good People.
Does Franco have a legitimate reason to star in the film?
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