James Franco Circling ‘Lovelace’ Biopic

James Franco is one busy man. He’s hosting (and nominated for) the Oscars, teaching at Yale, premiering a new multimedia “Three’s Company” piece at Sundance, headed to Broadway in the fall and planning to direct two and star in at least three upcoming films.

Well, make that potentially four. According to Deadline, Franco is in talks to star in the Linda Lovelace biopic “Lovelace” as the porn star’s husband/pornographer, Chuck Traynor.

Before you get confused, no, this is not the same biopic Lindsay Lohan and then Malin Akerman were attached to. That one is called “Inferno” and is being directed by Matthew Wilder. This Lovelace biography has Kate Hudson in talks for the role of the titular star and will be directed by Franco’s “Howl” helmers, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.

Though Franco is so busy, Deadline says that he’s “certainly in discussion” and is circling the role. Traynor was Lovelace’s husband and a pornographer when she starred in her biggest — and most infamous — hit, the 1972 porn blockbuster “Deep Throat.” After she quit the business, she divorced Traynor and accused him of coercing her into prostitution and pornography through bullying, beatings and hypnotism.

It’s not quite clear what part of this twisted relationship Epstein and Friedman’s film will follow, but it’s certainly not the only dark film Franco is looking at. He is attached to the true-crime thriller “The Iceman” and the biography of poet Hart Crane called “The Broken Tower,” and he’s filming the drama “Maladies” at the moment. He’s also planning on directing adaptations of William Faulker’s “As I Lay Dying” and Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian.”

Do you think Franco is taking on too much, or would you like to see him star in “Lovelace”?