James Franco has added another project to his plate. The actor is set to star in the film adaptation of the Stephen King short story “Drunken Fireworks,” Deadline confirms. Rabbit Bandini Productions and Rubicon Entertainment are teaming up for the drama, with Franco possibly on board to direct, though that part of the deal is still to be determined.
The story is a dark comedy set in Maine and follows Alden McCausland (Franco), a blue-collar mechanic, and Nicky Serrano, a retired mob boss, who start an annual fireworks neighbor rivalry on Fourth of July, which they call Arms Race. Every year they try to one up each other and this time Alden goes to great lengths to ensure that he wins.
Matt Rager is penning the script. He has previously worked with Franco on “As I Lay Dying” and “The Sound and the Fury.” Franco and Vince Jolivette, from Rabbit Bandini, will produce the feature with Rubicon Entertainment’s Doug McKay, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Nathan Grubbs.
Franco is currently in production on the post-apocalyptic thriller “Future World,” which he will star in and co-direct with Bruce Thierry Cheung. Milla Jovovich, Snoop Dogg and Lucy Liu also co-star in the sci-fi movie that centers around a young boy of noble birth who embarks on a journey through the wasteland of this future world in order to find medicine for his dying mother.
He can next be seen in “The Masterpiece” and “Why Him” with Bryan Cranston. On June 18, his remake of the 1996 film “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” premieres on Lifetime.