James Franco has picked up rights to D.J. Waldie's suburban memoir Holy Land with an eye to adapt into a feature.
D.J. Waldie said that James Franco read the book in a class at UCLA and "it stuck in his memory."
"Several months ago I was asked through my agent if it was available for option, and of course I said yes." D.J. Waldie says he sees the book as a potential documentary.
The book describes D.J. Waldie's experiences growing up in Lakewood, California in the 1950's: bean fields were drawn up, sectioned off and divided up--leaving tracts for small houses of similar design. It is a story of how people make places, and more so, how places make people.
No production date has been set.