James Franco to Write, Direct & Star in 'The Adderall Diaries'
After a stint at NYU film school (which resulted in a feature length documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes craziness of the entire one week production of "Saturday Night Live"), it looks like James Franco is really putting himself into every facet of film production. Deadline reports Franco has acquired the rights to Stephen Elliot's memoir The Adderall Diaries for an adaptation in which he will not only star, but also write and direct himself. The real-life story, which has shades of Capote and In Cold Blood, chronicles Elliot's attempts to overcome his writer's block by taking interest in a murder trial for inspiration.
Dealing with his writer's block for two years, Elliot finds new motivation when he starts following the trial of Hans Reiser, a computer programmer charged with killing the wife he met through a Russian dating service. Fueled by Adderall, a methamphetamine prescribed to help ADHD sufferers, Elliott's stream of consciousness and his prose veer into subjects that include his cruel father, Paris Hilton, and S&M. The content is certainly different than the homosexual and psychological infatuation Truman Capote encountered on his writing path, but it doesn't sound any less intriguing.
Honestly, I'm really loving the professional path Franco is carving out for himself. The fact that he can do a franchise like Spider-Man, jump into something like Milk, go to film school, direct a documentary, guest star on a soap opera, land a lead role in the Planet of the Apes prequel and then move onto a project like this (where he's wearing three different hats) is unbelievably impressive. I'm definitely looking forward to this and all of Franco's forthcoming projects. How about you?