While the entertainment world has heard that James Franco will direct adaptations of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, the better kept secret is that Franco has dipped into the R.L. Stine canon for another project he'll be working on in 2011. As with the Faulkner and McCarthy adaptations, Franco will be writing the script for The Beast and looks forward to making The Beast 2 if the first book adaptation proves to be a success. The R.L. Stine adaptation is the first step into Franco's quest for teen audience domination after his Twilight misstep.Also in his back pocket, the rights to Stine's What's Eating Gilbert Grape...LITERALLY!