Franco Will Be The Night Stalker
James Franco doesn’t seem to take a break these days. After his performance of climber Aron Ralston in 127 Hours, Franco is rumoured to be taking on some literary heavyweights in the form of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian (the latter is more in doubt than the former) but it seems his first adaptation will be Phillip Carlo’s The Night Stalker which he’ll direct and also star in as serial killed Richard Ramirez.
Ramirez, who is currently on death row in California, was responsible for a series of grisly murders in the 80s. Despite the story being widely sensationalised at the time and the murders being the subject of several books, screenwriter Nicolas Constantine is going to be sticking to the facts.
This isn’t a horror film,” he said in an interview with The New York Post, “Nor does it glorify Ramirez in any way. Philip Carlo painted an amazing portrait of Ramirez the human being, and how he became that monster. James Franco shares that vision, and we all agree that he’s the one actor, and now director, who can do that vision justice. He read the material and responded to it immediately.”
Constantine will producing with Soundgarden’s own Chris Cornell (stranger things have happened at sea) and Franco will begin filming this summer.