James Franco is Moving His Laser Focus Onto Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Child of God’

It’s starting to become pretty clear that James Franco loves two things: bleak novels with gruff colloquial dialogue and announcing that he’s going to be directing movies. He first started merging his two passions by announcing that he would be taking on the herculean task of adapting William Faulkner’s depressing, action free road tale “As I Lay Dying.” Before we even saw the fruits of that labor, Franco then moved his focus over to a slightly more contemporary author, but one just as concerned with simple plots and homespun prose in Cormac McCarthy. He had big plans to adapt one of McCarthy’s most beloved books, “Blood Meridian,” a sweet tale about a gang of Indian killing scalp hunters.

Recently, Franco talked to some folk in Toronto, and it’s looking like plans have changed on the “Blood Meridian” front. According to We Got This Covered, when asked about his planned production of the McCarthy novel, Franco said, “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’.” This is bad news for me because I’ve read “Blood Meridian” and was all set to talk about it intelligently when news started coming out about its production. I haven’t read “Child of God.” so now I’ve got another thing to pile onto my to-do list. Thanks a lot, Franco.

Before I can get to tearing through that one, how about we pull an excerpt from the article on “Child of God” that appears on to hold us over?

That site describes the book by saying, “Its hero, Lester Ballard, is a murderer and necrophile, expelled from the human family and eventually living in underground caves, which he peoples with his trophies: giant stuffed animals won in carnival shooting galleries and the decomposing corpses of his several shot victims, male and female. This is the child of God.”

That sounds juicy. Now I’m looking forward to reading the book and watching the movie. With Franco in control though, we should probably reserve our enthusiasm until something concrete starts happening. It’s starting to feel like this guy’s eyes are bigger than his stomach.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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