Oh boy. James Franco, who’s been pretty busy when you think about it— working on the upcoming Spring Breakers film with the beloved Selina Gomez, starring in Disney’s gigantic budget film Oz, producing a movie about a fetish website Kink.com—and well, co-directing this movie with Travis Mathews, too, apparently: Interior Leather Bar (not to mention, all while still trying to get that PhD.) And if you can tell by the picture, this one looks like it’s gonna get pretty hot.
Franco opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his new production, and how one of the goals of this film was to open people’s minds to the explorations and variations of sex, as opposed to the normalcy of films’ tendencies to do the same love stories over and over again.
“I don’t like the fact that I feel like I’ve been brought up to think a certain way; I don’t like thinking that. I don’t like realizing that my mind has been twisted by the way the world has been set up around me. And it’s fuckin’ instilled in my brain,” Franco said.
Interior Leather Bar is a “re-imagining” of 40 minutes of footage cut from the 1980 Al Pacino film Cruising, about a serial killer who targets gay men in West Village leather bars. The 40 minutes showed “graphic homosexuality with Pacino watching, and with the intimation that he may have been participating.” Director William Friedken was basically forced by the MPAA to omit the content upon the release.
This one will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, along with two other movies Franco worked on, Lovelace (plays Hugh Hefner) and Kink.com (producer).