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James Franco's 'Child of God' Teaser


James Franco has been trying his hand behind the camera and finally, his latest film Child of God is going to premiere at the Venice Film Festival. This is only a teaser but you can get a sense that either Franco is trying really hard or this could potentially be a little gem in the pile of big dogs (Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem, Tsai Ming-liang's Stray Dogs) especially in competition.

Scott Haze leads the film about Lester Ballard, a dissociated and violent man who's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of parents or a home, he emotionally and physically descends into the life of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into the world of crime and degradation. 

Child of God is an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's book of the same name which McCarthy is adapting to screen which is a nice take from Hollywood's usual route of acquiring a writer who probably butchers the original material.  From the premise alone, I am quite interested, I just hope Franco doesn't mess it up. There is no release date besides the release at Venice. We'll see who picks it up!

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