James Franco lands distribution deal

James Franco has secured distribution for his new film Interior. Leather Bar.

According to Variety, Strand Releasing has obtained US rights to the project, written by Travis Matthews and co-directed by the pair.

The feature is described as a re-imagining of “the lost 40 minutes” of Al Pacino and Paul Sorvino’s 1980 crime drama Cruising, referring to the S&M footage reportedly edited out of the final version.

The original film, directed by William Friedkin, was inspired by Gerald Walker’s 1970 novel by the same name about an undercover cop investigating a murder in New York City’s gritty Greenwich Village.

The suspect in the case is homosexual and takes the protagonist into an underground world of S&M.

Strand is reportedly working toward a release for late 2013 or early 2014.

The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals

In James and Travis’ version, Val Lauren takes on Al Pacino’s character, Steve Burns.

The filmmakers both feature in the project as well.

They are producing alongside Vince Jolivette, Iris Torres and Keith Wilson, Variety reports.

James has over a dozen films scheduled for release through 2015.

He is currently filming Henrik Ruben Genz thriller Good People as well as Wim Wenders drama Every Thing Will Be Fine.

Both films are scheduled for release next year.

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