The feature film adaptation of playwright/screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Good People just took a big step forward. The Wrap reports that Millennium Films is packaging the feature project with James Franco looking to possibly star. The drama is set in the working-class, predominantly Irish Boston neighborhood Southie and centers on Margie, a high school dropout and single mother of a mentally disabled daughter who struggles to make ends meet. She strikes up a relationship with a former classmate, which anchors the class politics explored in the film.
When the film was previously being developed Frances McDormand was attached to reprise her role as Margie from the play, but it’s unclear if she’s still poised to star in this new incarnation. Lindsay-Abaire wrote the script himself, and in a recent interview with Steve he revealed that he was a bit hesitant about whether the story will make a good film or not. Nevertheless, Millennium Films is in the process of packaging what they hope will be a Franco-led feature film adaptation. [Update: The Wrap has updated their story to reflect that they erroneously identified the Good People project as the Lindsay-Abaire adaptation. In fact, Franco is looking to star in a wholly different film also called Good People, a crime thriller based on a novel by Marcus Sakey.]