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James Franco Bails On Directing ‘Garden Of Last Days,’ Kiboshes Entire Film

James Franco Bails On Directing 'Garden Of Last Days,' Kiboshes Entire Film

Well, here’s proof that James Franco is capable of walking away from a project. Just yesterday, dude dropped his 15-minute Gucci short film/advertainment thingy, but as for his next feature? Well, it’s not going to be “Garden Of Last Days.”

Slated to start shooting in just a couple of weeks, Deadline reports that Franco has walked from the movie, effectively shutting it down, and leaving the $3 million dollar indie on ice. So what’s the beef? Well, apparently, the crew Franco wanted to work with couldn’t get insured/bonded and when backers Millenium Films wouldn’t approve his team, the artiste said sayonara. So far $500,000 had been spent on the movie but now it’s effectively dead, as Franco was both helmer and star. Emilia Clarke from “Game Of Thrones” had also been slotted for a role.

The film would have been an adaptation based on the bestselling novel by Andre Dubus III (“House of Sand and Fog”) telling three interwoven stories following a single mom stripper, a lonely man getting thrown out of the club where she works and a dangerous foreigner with piles of cash. But forget about that happening now. No word if lawyers will get involved, but hey, at least it gives Franco a chance to take a quick nap.

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