James Franco pulls out of Garden of Last Days

June 28th, 2013

James Franco has pulled out of directing and starring in 'Garden of Last Days' two weeks before filming is due to begin.

The actor-and-director had committed to the project as his next directorial effort, but the film is now expected to be scrapped as he has walked away amidst a scuffle with movie studio/financiers Millennium, according to Deadline.

The star reportedly disagreed with the studio about several crew members he intended to hire for the film - which was due to begin production on July 10 - because they couldn't get clearance from a partner insurance company to work on the set.

Franco signed on for the film - which is an adaptation of Andre Dubus III's novel of the same name - in late April and had cast 'Game of Thrones' beauty Emilia Clarke as his leading lady.

'Garden of Last Days' tells three interwoven stories about the underbelly of America, focusing on a stripper who brings her three-year-old child to work with her; a lonely man who is thrown out of the same strip club; and a wealthy foreigner on the verge of committing a frightening act.

The film was due to be produced by 'Olympus Has Fallen' star Gerard Butler, along with Alan Siegel, Danielle Robinson, Hanna Weg, Vince Jolivette and Miles Levy.