Christian Slater Joins James Franco's Adaptation of 'Adderall Diaries'

June 5, 2014
Source: Deadline

Christian Slater

For a moment, there was a bit of excitement when Deadline accidentally reported Christian Bale was going to star in James Franco's developing adaptation of The Adderall Diaries. But a picture of Christian Slater was included in the report, and it was clear that they had just made a huge mistake. And so, we're a little less excited to report that it will not be The Dark Knight and The Fighter star joining Franco in the film, but rather the once-thriving 80s icon and Nymphomaniac star taking a role in the story of author Stephen Elliot, as he tries to overcome his writer's block by taking interest in a murder trial for inspiration.

Franco plays the drug-addicted writer who has been struggling to come up with a new story for two years and becomes obsesses with 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. As you can see, there's touches of Capote and In Cold Blood, but in a contemporary setting. As you might have guessed, Slater is playing the suspected killer. This project has been developing since 2010, but it's just now getting off the ground. Hollywood!

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