three years ago Franco optioned the rights to Steve Erickson's book, Zeroville, and not only is that next on his to-do list, production is already underway with an all-star cast on board.
According to Screen Daily, Franco has brought on Seth Rogen, Mexan Fox, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Dave Franco, Jamie King, Jacki Weaver, and Danny McBride for Zeroville. You can follow the production on Franco's Instagram page, where he's put up some pictures from what looks like a wild production. Perfect for a film with a far-out concept that has Franco starring as Jerome, a movie centering on a "film-obsessed architecture student with images of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift (as they appear in A Place in the Sun) tattooed on his shaved head arrives on Hollywood Boulevard in 1969 where he’s mistaken for a perpetrator in the Charles Manson murders." There he encounters many fixtures of the era (including directors like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg) while traversing the sex, drugs, and rock & roll scene.
Rogen, who has worked with Franco numerous times in the past, will play Viking Man, described as an ‘eccentric, cigar-chomping, surf-hippy’; Fox will play a femme fatale named Soledad; McBride plays a sinister financier; while Weaver is a mentor and friend to Franco's character. Sounds pretty awesome, and yet another challenging project for Franco to undertake. For all his ambition there aren't a lot of positive things to say about the films he's previously directed, but maybe this will be where it all comes together.