Star picks his next directorial effort.

Does James Franco ever rest? Deadline is reporting that the ever-busy actor, director, producer, writer, and artist is set to helm and star in ‘Garden of Last Days,’ a big screen adaptation of the bestselling book by ‘House Of Sand And Fog’ author Andre Dubus III.

Set to begin principal photography in July in New York, the contemporary thriller is set in the seamy underside of American life and follows three interwoven and ultimately explosive stories: “A stripper out of options who brings her 3-year-old daughter to work; an angry, lonely man who gets thrown out of the club; and a foreigner with an endless supply of cash on the brink of committing a terrifying act.”

Hanna Weg (‘Enigma’) is providing the screenplay, and will produce with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Danielle Robinson, Vince Jolivette and Miles Levy.