JAMES FRANCO will play satanic serial killer Richard Ramirez and direct the movie version of true-crime author Philip Carlo's "The Night Stalker,"

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In 1985, Ramirez went on a rampage of sexual assault and murder, entering homes at night and generating fear throughout Southern California. He was later found guilty of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries.

The film, also titled "The Night Stalker," will show how Ramirez, currently on death row in California, became a killer. It's being co-produced by Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and Nicolas Constantine, who also wrote the screenplay.

"This isn't a horror film, nor does it glorify Ramirez in any way," Constantine said. "James Franco shares that vision, and we all agree that he is absolutely the one actor, and now director, who can truly do this very intense role and story justice.
"I had no idea if he would do it, though, since it's pretty dark subject matter. They told me he was studying to be a director and this was perfect for him. We watched three short films he made, two of which were dark and one of which was about a serial killer. That confirmed James definitely had this dark side, and it definitely sealed the deal for us. Sure enough, James read the material and responded to it immediately."
writer PHILIP CARLO died two months ago after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. His widow, Laura, said that when Cornell and Constantine optioned the book last year, "he spent many hours talking with them and was very impressed with their vision for this film."

JAMES FRANCO also purchased the rights to author
MICHAEL GREGG MICHAUD'S biography on SAL MINEO, presented @ antebellum on sal's 72nd birthday on january 10th.

very interesting choices mr. franco.. my only question/comment-
richard ramirez is mexican and sal mineo was sicilian... you are swedish/jewish.. this is a stretch of creative license or a throwback to old hollywood when they would paint john wayne to look like an american indian.

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