James Franco has been making some puzzling decisions recently and by decisions I mean one in particular. Earlier this year he signed up to work with Harmony Korine who amongst other things wrote and directed the all too literally titled Trash Humpers, a film in which men in prosthetic old man masks hump trash in various positions and locales. Why? Because it’s art you idiots.
Attention grabbing cine-sewage aside however Franco may be following up a dubious decision with a film that’s guaranteed to be cinematic gold. For years now studios have been trying to get an adaptation of bestseller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists into production and it seems like it’s finally happening.
The book (based on the author’s real life investigation) centres around Neil Strauss and his experiences inside a group of pickup artists as he learns the tricks of the trade from mentor Mystery. Once he completes his ‘training’ he then becomes a teacher of ‘The Game’ with a group of rotating students in a Sunset Strip mansion. During the course of his adventure the Rolling Stone journalist documents his interactions with Britney Spears and Courtney Love who actually moves into the mansion to learn some pickup techniques.
Franco is now in talks to play Mystery and it’s a character just crying out for a heap of awesomely obnoxious and entertaining characterisation. Currently still in the early stages and with the script being written by David Levien and Brian Koppleman, The Game could be heading to a cinema near you at some point in the not-so-distant future.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter