This really couldn’t have come at a better time. After everything that has happened with The Interview over the last couple of weeks, there was a real concern about one particular aspect of the film that. But now we have confirmation: James Franco still has a film career. Phew!
Now that that’s out of the way, we have something completely on the other end of the spectrum with True Story, Franco’s latest project with collaborator Jonah Hill. Hey, did you know both of these guys are Oscar nominees? I know, right?
True Story is directed by Rupert Goold and chronicles the true story (get it?) of Christian Longo, a man who murdered his family and then assumed the identity of New York Times journalist Michael Finkel. Finkel, played by Hill, visits Longo (Franco) in jail and finds himself drawn into the alleged murderers web. Check out the trailer, straight from Slashfilm:
Is it me, or was there not a single joke in that whole trailer? Considering that the last film these guys worked on together was This Is The End, True Story is a quantum leap in the right direction.
Director Goold wrote the script along with David Kajganich, based on the original events that were chronicled in the baffling memoir that Finkel wrote in 2006.
There are parts of this film that seem downright sinister. There’s no denying that Franco has a lot of strings to his bow, but so far we haven’t really seen him take on a straight maniac. That combined with the truly bizarre events potentially make for an excellent feature.
Are you ready to believe Finkel’s True Story?