James Franco certainly sets his sights on difficult novels to adapt. His first two announced projects were Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

Neither of those is exactly an easy task. And while As I Lay Dying is moving forward, Blood Meridian never went anywhere. But that hasn’t stopped Franco from trying again with another big novel. Now he says he’s setting up a deal to make a film based on James Ellroy‘s American Tabloid, the first novel in Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy, which is his fictionalized, violent and profane version of the middle twentieth century. Read More »