Is there anything that James Francocan't do? He created Oscar buzz with his portrayal of mountain climber Aron Ralston in '127 Hours,' is busy earning his PhD at Yale University and is attending classes at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he just directed an indie feature about poet Hart Crane ('The Broken Tower'). On top of that, Franco is busy moving talent agencies, gearing up to screen his 'Three's Company-esque' film project at Sundance's New Frontier space, and is taking to the stage in February to co-host the Academy Awards (I'm still hoping he brings Marina Abramović as his date), amongst other things.
Now comes the news that the actor may be in talks to direct a William Faulkner classic from his own screenplay, 'As I Lay Dying.' He's also apparently working out a deal to tackle Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' in 2012.