1. ‘The Garden of Last Days’
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James Franco’s literary films: A (seemingly unending) list

1. ‘The Garden of Last Days’
On Monday it was reported that James Franco plans to direct and star in an adaptation of “The Garden of Last Days,” the 2008 novel by Andre Dubus III. (W.W. Norton & Co.)
2. James Franco in ‘Oz, the Great and Powerful’
James Franco played Oz in this year’s box office hit “Oz the Great and Powerful,” based on the children’s books by L. Frank Baum.  (Disney Enterprises)
3. James Ellroy’s ‘American Tabloid’
In January 2013, James Franco told MTV he was planning to adapt “American Tabloid,” a crime novel by James Ellroy set in the 1960s. Ellroy, pictured in 2011, has been called “the Demon Dog of American fiction.” (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
4. James Franco as Allen Ginsberg
James Franco, right, played beat poet Allen Ginsberg in 2010’s “Howl,” about Ginsberg and the legal fight over his famous poem. This still from the film (with Aaron Tveit) mimicked a classic photograph of Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky in Paris. (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
5. William Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying’
Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner wrote novels believed to be too complex to translate into film. But Franco has tried: His adaptation of “As I Lay Dying” will play at Cannes this spring. (Associated Press)
6. ‘The Broken Tower’
James Franco directed and starred in 2011’s “The Broken Tower.” The biopic of poet Hart Crane was based on the book of the same title by Paul Mariani -- oh, and Franco also wrote the adaptation. (Focus Features)
7. In ‘127 Hours’
James Franco was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “127 Hours,” adapted from the book “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” a memoir by rock climber Aron Ralston.  (Chuck Zlotnick / Fox Searchlight Pictures)
8. Stephen King’s ‘The Ten O’Clock People’
Bestselling author Stephen King’s short story “The Ten O’Clock People” can be found in his 1993 collection “Nightmares and Dreamscapes.” It is the basis for the 2014 film “The Ten O’Clock People,” which is rumored to star James Franco. (Elise Amendola / Associated Press)
9. The book ‘Palo Alto’ by James Franco
James Franco’s debut short story collection, “Palo Alto,” was published in 2010. Franco appears in the upcoming film, which has been adapted by Gia Coppola, who also directs. (Scribner)
10. ‘Zeroville’ by Steve Erickson
James Franco optioned “Zeroville” by acclaimed novelist Steve Erickson in 2011, not long after he appeared on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild awards. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
11. ‘Holy Land’ by D.J. Waldie
D.J. Waldie’s memoir “Holy Land,” about growing up in Southern California in the 1950s, has also been optioned by James Franco. (W.W. Norton)
12. Charles Bukowski
James Franco is currently directing a biopic based on the life of the late underground L.A. writer Charles Bukowski, pictured at a French television appearance in 1978. (Ulf Andersen / Getty Images)
13. In ‘Eat Pray Love’
James Franco with Julia Roberts in “Eat Pray Love,” the film version of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir.  (Francois Duhamel / Columbia Pictures)
14. With Stephen Elliott
Author Stephen Elliott’s memoir “The Adderall Diaries” was optioned by James Franco. Franco also appeared in Elliott’s debut feature film, “About Cherry.” (Katherine Emery)
15. “Homefront” by Chuck Logan
Coming soon: James Franco stars in “Homefront,” adapted from Chuck Logan’s novel by Sylvester Stallone (yes, that Sylvester Stallone) with Jason Statham, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth. (Harper)
16. Cormac McCarthy
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy is getting the James Franco treatment. Franco adapted, directed and stars in the forthcoming “Children of God,” adapted from McCarthy’s 1973 novel set in Tennessee. (EPA)
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