James Franco—man of many talents—says a lot of things and puts his name to a lot of projects. Like any artist worth his salt, or any person with good taste in literature, Franco has begun to circle the works of Cormac McCarthy with the hopes of bringing them to the big screen. Earlier this year, it was reported that Franco was attached to direct “Blood Meridian”—a forever in the works feature adaptation that has seen high profile names like Ridley Scott, John Hillcoat, Michael Haneke and Todd Field attempt to take it on in the past—but little was heard about it since. Well, taking a jaunt up to Toronto this week to help promote his ambitious installation/documentary piece “Memories of Idaho,” created out of the dailies for Gus Van Sant‘s “My Own Private Idaho,” Franco stopped by the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a Q&A and We Got This Covered were there to catch his update on “Blood Meridian” and the new McCarthy adaptation he’s working on.
“We shot a 20 minute test of it [‘Blood Meridian’] that turned out pretty well…we were gearing up to do the feature but that for various reasons is on hold, but we are going to make a movie based on his [Cormac McCarthy’s] third book ‘Child Of God,’” Franco said.