Franco is starring as Vikar, a late '60s counterculture Chauncey Gardiner with a thing for old movies. As a book, the story is movie-obsessed: Vikar has a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his bald head and a native gift for film editing. As a film, it'll be kind of meta.
In "Zeroville," Vikar lands in Los Angeles by bus, eddies through its sleazier side of Hollywood, is mistaken for a Manson family hanger-on, and is discovered to be a gifted film editor. It is among Erickson's lightest books, which include "These Dreams of You," "Tours of the Black Clock," and "Our Ecstatic Days."
In 2008, Erickson, the L.A.-based author and film critic at Los Angeles Magazine, told The Times about how he sees the city: "There's something about driving or riding through L.A. after sundown, when the Utopian city goes into hiding and another city comes out. .. an L.A. that's constantly in transformation, a mind-scape of moving parts, which certainly is the L.A. I've written about."