In the latest swoop of a James Franco
property, Monterey Media
has announced its acquisition of all U.S. and Canadian rights to “Yosemite.” Following in the footsteps of Gia Coppola’s 2013 effort “Palo Alto,” “Yosemite” marks the second adaptation of a James Franco short story collection.
This time, the source material is Franco’s second effort, “A California Childhood,” which similarly tackles themes of adolescence and friendship in his hometown Palo Alto. After her debut effort “Tar,” “Yosemite” is the debut feature for French writer-director Gabrielle Demeestere. Like “Palo Alto,””Yosemite” sees Franco serve as executive producer and as a featured actor.
Told in three parts, “Yosemite” tracks the intertwining experiences of three 5th grade friends — Chris, Joe and Ted — in Palo Alto during the fall of 1985 as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community. Franco appears as Phil, the father of Chris, who brings his son to the eponymous national park in the first part of the film.
“It’s so rare to find such a beautifully crafted, sensitively realized story grounded in the experience of being a young boy,” commented Scott Mansfield, Managing Partner, monterey media.
“Yosemite” premiered as the Closing Night film at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the award for Best Female Director.
Monterey media plans a U.S. theatrical release this winter.