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Jonah Hill and James Franco Set Out to Film a True Story

Superbad star Jonah Hill and 127 Hours actor James Franco will be teaming up and getting ready to headline the film adaptation of True Story. Based on the memoir by Michael Finkel, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa. The 2006 release of the book is a bit of twisted meta storytelling.

One of the official book descriptions:

The story begins in February of 2002, when a reporter in Oregon contacts New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel with a startling piece of news. A young, highly intelligent man named Christian Longo, on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for killing his entire family, has recently been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity—Michael Finkel of the New York Times.

The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, comes another bit of troubling news: a note, written by the paper’s editors, explaining that Finkel has falsified parts of an investigative article and has been fired. This unlikely confluence sets the stage for a bizarre and intense relationship. After Longo’s arrest, the only journalist the accused murderer will speak with is the real Michael Finkel. And as the months until Longo’s trial tick away, the two men talk for dozens of hours on the telephone, meet in the jailhouse visiting room, and exchange nearly a thousand pages of handwritten letters.

With Longo insisting he can prove his innocence, Finkel strives to uncover what really happened to Longo’s family, and his quest becomes less a reporting job than a psychological cat-and-mouse game—sometimes redemptively honest, other times slyly manipulative. Finkel’s pursuit pays off only at the end, when Longo, after a lifetime of deception, finally says what he wouldn’t even admit in court—the whole, true story. Or so it seems.

Hill will play the role of Finkel, opposite to Franco who will take on the role of Christian Longo.

Brad Pitt, who recently starred in the film Moneyball with Hill, will produce for the project through his Plan B production company. I’m sure Pitt will no problem funding the venture. Pitt can just use the opening day box office ticket sales of the upcoming World War Z film. Rupert Goold is set to direct and the movie will be his theatrical debut.

Hill must be happy to reunite with Pitt for a movie, particularly when he believes that they had a chemistry off the set; like in a one sided bromance. In a talk with MTV News, Hill said, “I think [Brad] and I are really close in the movie. The movie is really the two of us playing off of each other a majority of the time, so if that chemistry wasn’t there between us, I think the movie would have completely failed.” Hill went on to add, “So I think we both knew that going in, and I think we both happened to like each other a lot.”

First rule of bromance club.  Don’t talk about bromance!