EXCLUSIVE: Add another movie to the prolific dance card of James Franco. He just wrapped King Cobra, starring with Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone. The film, by writer-director Justin Kelly (Franco starred in his debut I Am Michael), focuses on a murder that rocked the adult entertainment industry in the early 2000s. Jordan Yale Levine of Yale Productions, Scott Levenson, Franco, Vince Jolivette and Iris Torres of Rabbit Bandini produce with Shaun Sanghani of SSS Entertainment. Event Film Distribution is selling worldwide rights.
Slater plays a porno producer who discovers the next big star Brent Corrigan (Clayton), then finds himself the target of rival producer and former male escort (Franco) with a bad temper and a burning desire to become a porn kingpin, who’ll stop at nothing to steal his rival’s star. A notorious murder is the result. It’s based on a true story.
“James, Christian, Garrett, Keegan, Molly and Alicia have consistently pushed the boundaries of film and culture at large with iconic performances,” Kelly said. “It’s been amazing watching them transform into these unique, fascinating characters.”
Executive producers include Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Joe Listhaus of BondIt, John D. Hickman, Brandon Baker and Jason Rose. Jon Keeyes will co-produce.