James Franco is getting some attention this award season for his film, The Disaster Artist, which is about the making of the best bad movie of all time, The Room. Franco directs and stars as Tommy Wiseau and his spot-on performance as the infamous Wiseau has been a focal point in reviews for the movie. It seems that Franco has got the biopic bug, as he's already in the process of lining up his next project. This movie just so happens to also be a biopic about an artist: Shel Silverstein, a popular poet, and writer of The Giving Tree.
Per Variety, James Franco is in talks to direct and star in a biopic about Shel Silverstein. A writer, poet, cartoonist, author, and award-winning songwriter, Silverstein is perhaps best known for his classic children's literature such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Giving Tree, and A Light in the Attic. His work has been translated into over 30 languages and sold over 20 million copies. The project is still in the earliest stages, but it will be adapted from Lisa Rogak's book A Boy Named Shel and will follow Silverstein's personal and professional struggles on his way to becoming an iconic author. Franco was apparently sparked by the drama and humor of Silverstein's journey.
Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair will pen the adaptation, which will be produced by McG, MWM Studios, and Wonderland Sound and Vision. MWM Studios is known for recently producing the Emmy-nominated National Geographic series Genius and the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water. Wonderland Sound and Vision is the company behind The Babysitter, which released on Netflix last month.
There is no release date yet for the Shel Silverstein biopic, but it could be awhile before it arrives in theaters. James Franco is a busy man with a number of projects on his to-do list. He recently signed up to star in a Multiple Man movie for Fox and will be appearing the Coen Brothers anthology series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Just browsing his IMDb page will reveal that Franco has 10 (!) different projects coming out in 2018, so we likely can't expect the Silverstein biopic until at least 2019 or 2020.
James Franco is currently in the middle of an Oscar campaign for his film, The Disaster Artist. It follows the making of The Room, said to be the worst movie ever made, but it has enjoyed a healthy second life as a staple of midnight movie screenings. Franco stars as the extremely enigmatic figure Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, produced, directed, starred and personally financed The Room. The Disaster Artist arrives in theaters on December 8, 2017. For more movie updates, keep it right here at CinemaBlend.