to star in Oz the Great and Powerful, a Disney prequel to L. Filming began in July 2011, and the film was released on March 8, 2013. It was announced in January 2011 that the actor has planned to not only star in, but direct himself in The Night Stalker, a film version of author Philip Carlo's book about the 1980s serial killer, Richard Ramirez.
Co-screenwriter of the screenplay, Nicholas Constantine, was initially unconvinced that Franco would be right for the movie, until he learned of Franco's desire to be a director and later watched three of his short films, one of which featured a serial killer, ultimately confirming to the writer that the actor had a darker side.
He takes it very seriously, even when it's comedy".
In her New York Times review, critic Manohla Dargis wrote: "He's delightful as Saul, loosey-goosey and goofy yet irrepressibly sexy, despite that greasy curtain of hair and a crash pad with a zero WAF (Woman Acceptance Factor).
During the five-week, 12-hours-per-day shoot, Franco would only leave the gully set to use the lavatory and would read books such as academic textbooks to keep busy.Franco co-starred with Sienna Miller in the low-budget independent film Camille, a dark fantasy dramedy about a young newlywed couple and Interview, where he appears in a voice only role, both 2007 movies that were ignored by audiences and critics alike.Among his other 2007 projects were Good Time Max, which Franco wrote, directed and starred in.which was released in September 2006; the same month, Franco appeared briefly in The Wicker Man, the remake of the seminal horror film.Also in 2006, he made a cameo appearance in the romantic comedy The Holiday.James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, filmmaker, and college instructor.For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.In 2006, Franco co-starred with Tyrese Gibson in Annapolis and played legendary hero Tristan in Tristan & Isolde, a period piece dramatization of the Tristan and Iseult story also starring British actress Sophia Myles.For the former, he did eight months of boxing training and for the latter, he practiced horseback riding and sword fighting.Franco is known for his roles in live-action films such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007), Milk (2008), Pineapple Express (2008), Eat, Pray, Love (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Spring Breakers (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), This Is the End (2013), and The Disaster Artist (2017), for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.He is known for his collaborations with fellow actor Seth Rogen, having appeared in eight films and one television series with him.