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James Franco Allegedly Shooting Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God"

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    Actor James Franco in drag.

    James Franco's standing as the hardest working man in show business is well earned, as the man is perpetually working on about four or five things at once, while also working on one degree or another. The latest addition to his to-do list is said to be an adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel.

    Franco is in West Virginia with Tim Blake Nelson shooting McCarthy's darkest novel, "Child of God," reported ShowBiz 411. The book tells the story of an ex-con who retreats to the woods, were he sets up a home-base from which he launches a killing spree to feed his rampant necro- and pedophilia.

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    What's unclear is whether this is a fully-financed film that's actually going somewhere, or one of the actor-writer-director's larks. The man well be spending his free time and personal money shooting test footage or just goofing around--who knows?

    Franco had previously planned to shoot a Scott Rudin-produced adaptation of McCarthy's "Blood Meridian," about a teen runaway who spends time with a gang of scalp hunters who murder Indians, but that project fell apart some time ago. "Child of God" would be a mighty fine consolation prize.

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    McCarthy's become a hot property since the Coen Brothers' adaptation of "No Country for Old Men." It was recently learned that he wrote his first original screenplay, "The Counselor," about a lawyer who tries to make a little extra money on the side with a drug deal that goes predictably wrong.