Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cinemystery: James Franco to Direct, Star in Film Adaptation of James Ellroy's American Tabloid

Cinemystery: Crime Novels Adapted for Film

James Franco tells MTV today that he will direct and star in a film adaptation of crime novelist James Ellroy's American Tabloid.

"We're going to do American Tabloid by James Ellroy," Franco told Josh Horowitz. "It's not all put together yet," he cautioned. "It's still early. You're getting the scoop."

Set in the years prior to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the story follows the lives of three men, all law enforcement officers in one capacity or another, who are drawn together as the events of November 1963 are set into motion.

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American Tabloid by James Ellroy

American Tabloid
James Ellroy

The '50s are finished. Zealous young senator Robert Kennedy has a red-hot jones to nail Jimmy Hoffa. JFK has his eyes on the Oval Office. J. Edgar Hoover is swooping down on the Red Menace. Howard Hughes is dodging subpoenas and digging up Kennedy dirt. And Castro is mopping up the bloody aftermath of his new communist nation.

In the thick of it: FBI men Kemper Boyd and Ward Littell. They work every side of the street, jerking the chains of made men, street scum, and celebrities alike, while Pete Bondurant, ex-rogue cop, freelance enforcer, troubleshooter, and troublemaker, has the conscience to louse it all up.

Mob bosses, politicos, snitches, psychos, fall guys, and femmes fatale. They're mixing up a molotov cocktail guaranteed to end the country's innocence with a bang. Dig that crazy beat: it's America's heart racing out of control …

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