Oscar host James Franco is planning a film that will have real gang members fighting with actual weapons.
Producers of the film are actually worried about having many injuries and dead bodies on the set.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Franco is in talks with Harmony Korine to work on a violent movie that will include real Los Angeles gang members fighting at an “iconic location such as the Griffith Observatory” which is popular from Rebel Without a Cause.
“They are looking to film two actual street gangs doing a fight scene. The twist is they want the two gangs to fight, using real knives. The production team is panicked that they’ll end up with blood, injuries and potentially dead bodies on set,” a source told the newspaper.
Page Six reports that Korine had worked on a movie called Fight Harm with illusionist David Blaine. The film had Korine fighting strangers on New York City streets but production halted after Korine was injured several times.
Korine’s reps have confirmed the project with Franco but wouldn’t say more than, “I can confirm that there is indeed a piece of video art in the works involving gang fights by James and Harmony.”
Even after critics tore into Franco’s disappointing job as the Oscars co-host this year, he is still doing quite well for himself. Look for Franco to star as Oz in the Disney Wizard of Oz prequel Oz, The Great and Powerful.