It sounds like an art project that could swiftly go awry: A dozen writer-directors --
Franco is the tireless movie star slash literary figure, a writer and director in his own right, who is ready to throw his megawatt smile behind the most improbable of projects. To which now can be added "Tar."
The independently produced "Tar" is based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C.K. Williams. Williams, who recently retired from Princeton, has won just about every poetry award possible: A Pulitzer, a National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an L.A. Times Book Prize among them. To that list of accolades he can add a film starring James Franco.
While "Tar" was a poetry collection described by the Poetry Foundation as employing an "expansive line which allows for philosophical investigation and qualification," the film takes the form of biography, moving through Williams' life from the 1940s to the 1980s. Several different actors play the poet, including Franco. When the movie screened at the Rome Film Festival in 2012, Williams himself appeared in the film (although he's not in this official trailer).
The movie co-stars
is scheduled for release on Dec. 1. CK Williams has a book of prose poems, "All At Once," coming in April.