James Franco is heading back to the 1950s again - he's planning a movie biopic of tragic Hollywood star Sal Mineo.
Franco, who played James Dean in a 2001 TV film, has optioned the movie rights to Sal Mineo: The Biography, and is eyeing a big-screen version of the book.
It will tell the story of Mineo, who shot to fame starring opposite Dean in 1955's Rebel Without a Cause and enjoyed several acclaimed roles but was stabbed to death by a pizza delivery man in 1976 at the age of 37.
Franco will write and direct the movie but is not planning to take an onscreen role, according to the Hollywood Reporter.