James Franco is in talks to direct and star in The Garden Of Last Days.
The Oz The Great And Powerful star has apparently "committed" to the big-screen adaptation of Andre Dubus III's book, the follow-up to House Of Sand And Fog, reported Deadline.
The story, which has been adapted by Hanna Weg, follows the lives of three "deeply flawed, driven people" including a stripper, an angry lonely punter and a foreigner on the brink of carrying out a deadly act.
While the novel is originally set around 9/11, the author has given his blessing for the film to be set in present-day New York.
Filming is expected to begin in New York in July.
James - who will premiere his new film As I Lay Dying at the Cannes Film Festival in May, which he directed and starred in - has various films coming up including crime thriller The Iceman, biopic Lovelace and Paul Haggis' romantic drama Third Person.