I had been operating under the impression that the universe itself was already a James Franco reality series, and that the rest of us were just unused b-roll, but in yet another ingenious meta experiment, Franco has signed on to star in and produce a reality show within the reality show. The series will appear on the Ovation network beginning this fall, Variety reports.
The hyphenate talent announced the series in a straightforward press release yesterday lol if you believed that for one second. Here’s what he did actually:
Dr. Francostein’s Monster will run for ten episodes, exploring the hubris of a man whose dreams exceed his talents, and document the slow horror of a stitched-together man-beast’s descent into existential despair. Probably. “How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow,” reads the summary. Or it should anyway.
Variety is less allegorical:
With Presents, Franco will pull back the curtain on the many side projects he is perpetually involved with, from his latest art exhibit to his work in collegiate classrooms. The series will give viewers a glimpse at highlights of the hundreds of hours of video he’s shot over the years that’s never been seen before, including some of his experimental short films. In addition to plumbing his past work, Franco will also let cameras tag along in other facets of his professional life as well.
Writes Mary Shelley:
“If our impulses were confined to hunger, thirst, and desire, we might be nearly free; but now we are moved by every wind that blows and a chance word or scene that that word may convey to us.”