Actor and author
According to the Hollywood Reporter, shooting on the film will begin in March, with actors
Franco is no stranger to Steinbeck adaptations; he starred in a Broadway version of "Of Mice and Men" last year.
"In Dubious Battle," one of Steinbeck's lesser-known books, follows a labor activist who tries to organize a strike among fruit pickers in Central California.
Franco will direct, Deadline reports, from a screenplay by Matt Rager, who also wrote the script for Franco's 2013 film "As I Lay Dying," based on the William Faulkner novel.
Franco has had a longstanding interest in literature. The actor has a bachelor's degree in English from UCLA and a master's in creative writing from
Although his latest big project was the controversial comedy "The Interview," his film projects have tended toward the literary. He played Allen Ginsberg in the 2010 movie "Howl" and directed an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God" and the not-yet released film "Bukowski," about the Los Angeles poet Charles Bukowski. He starred in and directed several literary films, including "The Broken Tower," a biopic about poet Hart Crane, William Faulkner's novel "The Sound and the Fury," and the forthcoming "Zeroville," based on the Steve Erickson novel.