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More on James Franco's Upcoming Role as an 'Ex-Gay' Activist: VIDEO

And for comparison, Glatze and Franco holding cups of coffee.

Earlier in April we reported that James Franco had signed on to play Michael Glatze, founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement.

Now from Deadline comes a little more news about that production and what it's based on:

Justin Kelly, a protege of Gus Van Sant, has set a summer start date for Michael, a film that Kelly will direct that will star James Franco. The pic is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” published in The New York Times Magazine.

Van Sant is exec producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers.

Here is Denizet-Lewis's NYT article if you'd like a refresher.

Take a look at Kelly's director's reel, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. for a closeted f@g it's easier to play a closeted f@g

    Posted by: litper | Apr 15, 2014 9:33:17 AM

  2. Not interested. I feel like i've already seen this film and it was called C.O.G. and it was hilariously bad.

    Posted by: Cory | Apr 15, 2014 9:38:19 AM

  3. I truly thought this was an April fools article when it was posted before.

    Posted by: distinguetraces | Apr 15, 2014 9:42:56 AM

  4. James Franco needs to come out as gay if he intends to keep stealing roles from openly gay actors.

    Why is Gus Van Sant colluding in allowing Hollywood to only hire straight actors or closet cases to play gay roles?

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 15, 2014 9:49:18 AM

  5. It's a story about a man confused about his own sexuality who is obsessed with getting attention. James Franco might be an ideal fit.

    Posted by: Bryan | Apr 15, 2014 10:03:05 AM

  6. I've liked James Franco in everything I've seen him in. But I'm a little concerned about the subject matter here.
    The typical scenario of the "ex-gay" is that he makes money off vulnerable young gay men by proclaiming how the program has made him "not gay" (often by using creatively twisted definitions of what "gay" means) and then 15 years later he apologizes for having lied to himself and everyone else and caused so much damage.
    Who knows when Michael Glatze will ever apologize and own up to what really went on with him. It could happen 8 years after the movie gets seen and if it was a relatively-flattering (and doesn't delve into what was going on underneath the surface), by then the damage is done.
    Having said that, I have no idea how the story will be told. Considering it's based on a true person, though, I'm concerned they'll be too afraid of lawsuits to tell any unsavory details.

    Posted by: GregV | Apr 15, 2014 10:18:29 AM

  7. If this movie is actually being made, it's going to give Glatze more attention than he ever wanted.

    Posted by: Bud | Apr 15, 2014 10:24:34 AM

  8. Bryan, I couldn't have said it better myself.

    An unstable drama queen with an unquenchable need for attention: why does anyone pay any attention to these lost souls? In his next life Glatze will be a Hindi priestess in some homo-transcendental cult.
    These gay/not gay, religious/not religious/new religious people are tedious and simply unstable. They are no oracles of understanding!

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Apr 15, 2014 10:27:53 AM

  9. Franco in the pic looks good.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Apr 15, 2014 10:29:08 AM

  10. Wow. you guys. wow.

    Here I thought the comments couldnt get anymore ridiculous, you all need to calm down and stop being such vicious little...explatives. It's not worth it.

    Posted by: Jameson | Apr 15, 2014 10:38:24 AM

  11. I'm with Jameson. You guys calling out Franco for being a closetcase are both bitter and practicing wishful thinking. Get past it.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 15, 2014 10:46:13 AM

  12. I'm with Jameson. You guys calling out Franco for being a closetcase are both bitter and practicing wishful thinking. Get past it.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 15, 2014 10:46:14 AM

  13. @Jameson: Some of these comments are just the same old troll using some of his/her recently-invented screen names.
    In the comments section we could well be arguing with someone like the ant-gay Maggie Gallagher posing as 5 different transphobic, racist, gay men and gay women to try to achieve that goal of stirring up inter-minority anger.

    Posted by: gregv | Apr 15, 2014 10:54:06 AM

  14. Because, Marym..the good actors in H'wood are in the closet and the rest suck so bad they couldn't fill the seats in a Starbucks much less a theatre.

    Posted by: Dixichuk | Apr 15, 2014 11:06:13 AM

  15. I just don't find the tale worth telling. But as someone else said, it will come down to how it's told. It's just hard to imagine that it will be especially eye-opening or interesting.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 15, 2014 11:06:54 AM

  16. Gay directors like Gus Van Sant are colluding with Hollywood homophobia by continuing to hire straight actors for gay roles.

    There ARE openly gay actors - and these actors should at least be getting 1st pick of the gay roles.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 15, 2014 12:04:55 PM

  17. From Benoit's article on Glatze: "But even as he rejected anti-gay theology, Michael’s political views began shifting rightward: he spoke glowingly about Ann Coulter, and in a Time cover article in 2005 about gay teenagers he said: “I don’t think the gay movement understands the extent to which the next generation just wants to be normal kids. The people who are getting that are the Christian right.”"

    It's pretty obvious that Glatze suffered from stroke-induced brain damage.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Apr 15, 2014 12:41:56 PM

  18. If Franco is "closeted", he's the least closeted gay man in history, and even I don't care.

    I think he's just a new millennium man as a person, and a border-pusher as an artist.

    I don't care who he sleeps with, if he can represent us well on screen and from behind the camera, and he clearly can.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 15, 2014 12:54:33 PM

  19. I can understand why Franco want to play this guy, but for the life of me i don't understand what's Gus Van Sant interest in this project, wich frankly doesn't seem other purpose but glorified a confused man who caused a lot of pain to a lot of teen gays, and give him a platform to cause more damage

    Posted by: jjose712 | Apr 15, 2014 1:04:43 PM

  20. Interesting that big names (yes, Franko is a big name) are involved with this type of film making which will be viewed by an extremely small audience and more than likely lose a considerable amount of money.
    What's the point?
    Furthermore, is Hollywood really so desperate for material?

    Posted by: mike | Apr 15, 2014 1:42:34 PM

  21. The only people who might be interested in seeing this are "ex-gays" and their supporters. Why would Van Sant attach his name on such a project is beyond me.

    Posted by: Chuck | Apr 15, 2014 1:54:57 PM

  22. For many years I was desperately (and perhaps secretly) in love with Michael Glatze. (perhaps still am)

    Posted by: Olivier | Apr 15, 2014 2:32:15 PM

  23. Robert DeNiro needs to come out as a gangster if he intends to keep stealing roles from real gangsters.

    Actors like DeNiro and Pacino and filmmakers like Scorsese are colluding with Hollywood gangsterphobia by continuing to hire non-gangsters to play gangster roles. Scorsese grew up on the "mean streets" himself so his involvement in this is particularly egregious.

    Posted by: smith | Apr 15, 2014 2:36:33 PM

  24. Mr Franco always looks good...hope the movie is better than the director reel...and who will the lovely James have gay sex with on screen?

    Posted by: jarago | Apr 15, 2014 5:46:55 PM

  25. No surprise that hetero-worshipppers like Mickey are defending this scum...

    Posted by: litper | Apr 15, 2014 6:26:05 PM

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