James Franco Takes James Ellroy’s AMERICAN TABLOID January 23, 2013 Workaholic star lines up another project. At the Sundance Film Festival this week to promote his latest offerings – ‘Interior. Leather Bar,’ ‘Lovelace,’ and the documentary ‘Kink’ – the always busy James Franco revealed to MTV that he has attached himself to direct and star in a feature adaptation of the classic James Ellroy thriller ‘American Tabloid.’ The 1995 book follows five years in the lives of law enforcement officers Pete Bondurant, Kemper Boyd and Ward Littell from 1958 through 1963. Each of their stories comes to a head as they’re drawn into the assassination of American president John F. Kennedy. Franco is not the first star to show interest in adapting Ellroy’s thriller. Bruce Willis once optioned the rights to turn the book into a miniseries, but it never got off the ground. Six years later, in 2008, Tom Hanks and his production company, Playtone, tried the same.