James Franco Purchases The Rights To Holy Land Memoir
Back in late September, James Franco bought the rights to "The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir of Moods, Masochism, and Murder" by Stephen Elliott with the intention to adapt, direct, produce and star in a feature adaptation. Whether he is just trying to buy the rights to his favorite memoirs or he is just giving himself a fail safe just in case his career heads south we won't know for a while, but now Franco has picked up another one.
Variety is reporting that Franco, having read the book while a studying at UCLA, has decided to option the rights to D.J. Waldie's book "Holy Land." When asked about the project, Waldie said that he had been asked his agent about it several months ago, as he sees it as good potential source material for a documentary. The book recounts Waldie's experiences growing up in Lakewood, California as all of the land was being bought up and being turned into tract housing. The article does not specify how Franco intends to use the book.
While I can't attest to having read the book, having recently moved to California I can see it as being quite an interesting story. Over the last 30 years the greater Los Angeles area has undergone some absolutely astounding changes and it's impossible to believe that said changes didn't have an effect on the people growing up around them. When asked about the book, Franco said that has been "stuck in his memory" for years. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't only really great books have that effect?
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