James Franco, the recently named Oscar host, has purchased rights to the new biography, Sal Mineo, by writer Michael Gregg Michaud with plans to write and direct the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mineo is best known for starring with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. Franco won a Golden Globe Award for playing Dean in a 2001 TV film and is getting strong Oscar buzz for his current film 127 Hours.
Mineo, who was reported to be bisexual or gay, found it hard to find roles after appearing in such films as Rebel and Exodus, which both earned him Academy Award nominations. He also starred in The Gene Krupa Story.
He once said: “One minute it seemed I had more movie offers than I could handle, the next, no one wanted me.”
His last movie role was in 1971′s Escape From the Planet of the Apes, although he continued to act on stage (Fortune and Men’s Eyes. and P.S. Your Cat is Dead) and do guest spots on television shows (Columbo, Hawaii Five-O, SWAT).
Mineo’s murder during an attempted robbery in West Hollywood in 1976 has often overshadowed his achievements as an actor. He was just 37 when he died.
According to the Reporter, “Franco optioned the property himself for his Rabbit Bandini shingle as a potential writing-and-directing vehicle. He currently does not plan to star but that could change.”
I hope the project comes to fruition. It would be nice to learn more about Mineo.
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