James Franco’s super-stuffed schedule has become something of a running joke in Hollywood, so when we caught up with the actor at the Toronto International Film Festival where he was promoting his film, “Child of God,” we had to pick and choose which film updates to get from the perennially pre-occupied performer. So MTV News’ Josh Horowitz attempted to kill two birds with one stone, inquiring which character Franco is most interested in reprising: Oz (from “Oz the Great and Powerful”) or Alien (from “Spring Breakers”)?
“I’d do either. I liked both roles,” Franco replied, adding that there has been talk regarding both sequels.
“I mean, Harmony [Korine] and I are certainly going to do something else together,” he continued of the possibility of a second “Spring Breakers” movie. “I don’t think Harmony really wants do to ’Spring Breakers 2.’ He’s not the one who’s been talking about it. Although, when we were making the movie, there was talk of a prequel. My character and Gucci Mane’s character were supposed to have been former friends, so we at one time talked about, ’What was that like? Let’s make that movie!’ So there’s that. There’s a prequel version, or there’s the version of Alien’s friend or something. I don’t know.”
But if Korine didn’t direct, who would?
“They’ve asked me if I’m interested,” Franco said. “I don’t know. It’s really just talk.”
Another rumored project of Franco’s is director Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” which centers around the friendship between T.E. Lawrence and Gertrude Bell, and stars Robert Pattinson and, potentially, Nicole Kidman (after Naomi Watts reportedly dropped out).
“I hope. I met with Werner about it. I’ve known Werner for a while,” Franco said. “He’s a huge ’Spring Breakers’ fan. The talks about that movie really started after he saw ’Spring Breakers’ and gave me one of the best phone calls ever. He called me up with Harmony and just was raving about Alien. He said, ’This movie is like the most important movie of the times. When people look back on 2013, they won’t look at Obama’s re-election speech, they will look to ’Spring Breakers’ to tell us about these times, hundreds of years from now.”
True Francophiles know the actor has had something of a fascination with Robert Pattinson and “The Twilight Saga” for years, but “Queen of the Desert” wouldn’t be his first meeting with the British actor, apparently.
“I actually met Robert through Harmony,” Franco revealed. “Maybe I’ll work with him. It’s supposed to happen maybe later this year. I don’t think I have any scenes with Pattinson in ’Queen of the Desert.’ Harmony wants to work with him. He’s a nice guy, so I’d be willing.”