James Franco is trading in sexually charged projects for stories about famous killings in the 1960′s. Last week, news dropped that busy-as-a-bee Franco had plans to direct and star in Beautiful People, a film about the life of famous hairstylist Jay Sebring, who was murdered by the Manson Family. Franco, who’s currently at Sundance promoting a billion projects, revealed that he’s also gearing up to helm and act in American Tabloid, a James Ellroy adaptation about a series of stories that lead up to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Franco revealed the news to MTV, saying:

“We’re going to do American Tabloid by James Ellroy. It’s not all put together yet… It’s still early.”

Ellroy’s novel follows three police officers – Pete Bondurant, Kemper Boyd, and Ward Littell – and their shifting alliances with the CIA, the Mafia and the Kennedy’s in the five years leading up to the murder of JFK.

This isn’t the first time Ellroy’s neo-noir novel has been in development to hit the big screen. Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks have taken a go at it too, but neither ended up going through with it. Maybe Franco will have better luck, since he’s known for getting projects done.

Several of Ellroy’s past works have been adapted unto the film like the 1997 film L.A. Confidential and 2006′s The Black Dahlia.

By now we’re learned that Franco likes to stay busy. This year we’ll see him a bunch of projects, many of which he directed. There’s the porn drama Lovelace, Sam Raimi’s highly-anticipated Oz the Great and Powerful, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, his own art film Interior. Leather Bar (which already premiered at Sundance), an adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, and so many more.

Do you think James Franco can handle another project?

[via Cinema Blend]