Locally-born and widely-loved actor/writer/artist/scholar James Franco will be adding "director" to his resume when he shoots his himself (with a camera, we mean) in an adaptation of Philip Carlo's true-crime book The Night Stalker about the titular serial killer Richard Ramirez.
Ramirez, you might remember, was convicted of 13 counts of murder, 5 attempted murders, and 11 sexual assaults in California in the '80s (including several in San Francisco) and currently awaits execution in San Quentin. Screenwriter Nicolas Constantine tells the NY Post: "This isn't a horror film, nor does it glorify Ramirez in any way," Constantine said. "James Franco shares that vision."
Still, no matter how delicately you handle the subject matter, the last thing we want is more hipster girls crushing on serial killers.