Interview with the Vampire star Christian Slater, who was last seen in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, has signed on to join James Franco and Amber Heard in Pamela Romanowsky’s adaptation of The Adderall Diaries, a memoir by Stephen Elliot. Franco plays Elliot, a writer who becomes obsessed with a sensational murder case and decides to write a book about it.
Publishers Weekly described Elliot’s memoir as follows:
As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.
The Adderall Diaries sounds like a potentially hilarious and definitely nutty caper, in the vein of Leaving Las Vegas and The Rum Diary. Especially with the stellar cast involved, it’s a project we’ll be sure to watch out for. In addition to Franco, Heard and now Slater, Rochelle Bostrom (FX and DirecTV’s Damages) and Casper Andreas (Going Down in LA-LA Land) have supporting roles.
The movie is currently shooting in New York City, and Slater is expected to begin filming his part very soon. Romanowsky, who last directed C.K. Williams biopic Tar with Franco, also penned the script for The Adderall Diaries. Given how interesting and enjoyable Tar was, we’re excited to see her next collaboration with the 127 Hours star.