On its first day at the American Film Market (AFM), TLA Releasing has acquired rights to actor James Franco's directorial debut, "The Ape." Franco -- perhaps best known to some as Peter Parker's best-friend-turned-nemesis Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" movies -- directed from a script that he co-wrote with Merriwether Williams. In "The Ape," Franco plays a frustrated writer who leaves his family and suburban life behind for a rundown apartment in the city to concentrate on his novel. When he moves into the apartment, he discovers his roommate is a foul-mouthed ape. The movie is tentatively set to be released on DVD next March. [M.L. Liu]