I havr add some movie still from the The Adderall Diaries to the gallery.
As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.
A24 is closing a low seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to The Adderall Diaries, the Pamela Romanowsky-directed film that premiered at Tribeca and stars James Franco as a troubled and drug-addicted writer who becomes fascinated by a big murder trial and decides to create a book focusing on the explosive case of a man suspected of killing his ex-wife.
The deal is being brokered by WME Global and CAA. A24 earlier today wrapped up another A24 deal on the William Monahan-directed Mojave. Both deals are with A24’s arrangement with DirectTV, which gets first crack at the films before they reach theaters.
In The Adderall Diaries, Christian Slater plays the defendant. Romanowsky wrote the script based on Stephen Elliott’s memoir. Rabbit Bandini’s Vince Jolivette produced it with Franco, and Window Seat’s Joseph McKelheer and James Reach. The film was shot in New York and also stars Amber Heard, Ed Harris, and Wilmer Valderrama. Kathy Morgan is selling foreign.
In his new Tribeca Film Festival movie, “The Adderall Diaries,” James Franco gets to dig into real-life author Stephen Elliott, a man whose works dance on the razor’s edge where truth and lies meet. In the film, those lines blur in spectacularly destructive fashion, when aspects of Elliott’s latest memoir become challenged by reality — specifically, that his “dead” father is very much alive.
For Franco, playing in Elliott’s world, as Elliott himself, presented a unique challenge as an actor, getting to dive headfirst into the author’s “raw” depiction of himself.
“One of the best things about Stephen Elliott’s work is he uses himself, always,” Franco told MTV’s Josh Horowitz about the appeal of the man at the heart of the movie. “I’m sure he gets criticism for that, but also a lot of the attention he gets is because he does that so well and puts himself at the center so well and portrays himself in such a raw way.”
“That is interesting to me, just as a creative person, putting oneself into the work,” he continued. “Not just in the sense of straight memoir, ’Let me tell you what happened,’ but also putting a certain amount of craft or spin on it. Maybe some people would call it creative non-fiction.”
The creative license Elliott applies to his “memoirs” might inspire controversy from some people in his life, according to Franco, but that only speaks to the creative goal he believes Elliott’s trying to accomplish.
“Some of the people in his life, like his father, will start to question his version of things,” he said. “But I think the real Stephen would argue, ’Well, this is my creativity. This is the way that I work. I’m not here to write a memoir. I’m here to create a piece of art.’”
James Franco and Amber Heard are at it again.
Seven years after having appeared together in Pineapple Express, the two have reunited for The Adderall Diaries, a film adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s best-selling memoir of the same name.
“James and Amber have great chemistry,” the movie’s director Pamela Romanowsky told us Thursday at the Adderall premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. “As a director, it’s really exciting to see two people who haven’t spent much time together come into a room to do a scene and find this connection and electricity between them. It was really exciting to watch.”
Franco stars as in the movie as writer with many issues, including substance abuse problems. Heard plays his New York Times crime reporter love interest.
The cast also includes Ed Harris, Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and Wilmer Valderrama.
“James and I met at grad school we both did the [New York University] film program and had been friends and I worked on a short film with him. We really loved working together,” Romanowsky said. “He had optioned Adderall Diaries a few years before and offered it to me to write and direct. It was already a book that I had read and loved so it felt like a perfect fit so we embarked on it from there. That was about three years ago.”
Heard said she was attracted to the project because they didn’t try to sugarcoat it to make it appeal to a larger and more mainstream audience. “You could call it dark, but the story to is about memory, it’s about life, it’s about relationships,” Heard said. “It didn’t seek to taper that to make it more palatable.”
If you’re wondering if Franco has had any real-life experience with Adderall, he made it perfectly clear he doesn’t. “I don’t. I don’t,” he said. “I can’t say that I do.”
We are very happy to hear that.
I have add photo from the World premiere of ‘The Adderall Diaries’ during the Tribeca Film Festival to the gallery.
James Franco often portrays characters who love marijuana and other drugs, but that doesn’t mean he has a lot of personal experience with illicit substances. When the star showed up to the world premiere of “The Adderall Diaries ” at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City Thursday, he explained that he didn’t know enough about the drug to comment on whether they were overprescribed in America. In fact, he’s never even tried it. “I’ve never taken them,” he said.
Adderall is prescribed to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But in recent years, the amount of people given the drug has tripled, the Business Insider wrote. The majority of people who take it do not consider it to be a “serious drug” and instead use it as “a study tool.” The stimulant can be addictive and has dangerous side effects like heart attacks and even sudden deaths.
“The Adderall Diaries,” based on Stephen Elliott’s best-selling novel, is about a man who suffers from writers block and strained relationships. To deal with his lack of inspiration, he becomes obsessed with a high-profile murder case while simultaneously suffering from an escalating drug problem.
The movie has two main themes: One is how an artist looks at himself through his work, and the other deals with memory “and how we shape our visions ourselves,” Franco, 36, explained. “ It’s about the stories we tell ourselves about our own lives and how that shapes who we are.”
Eventually, both themes coincide. “As he’s trying to write, he’s also trying to figure out his life and both things become some of the same,” the actor said.