James Franco is The Night Stalker

Add pretty boy actor James Franco to the list of actors who actually really wanted to direct. Now the “127 Hours” star will get his chance with “The Night Stalker”, a true-story biopic about Richard Ramirez, a serial killer and Satan enthusiast who terrorized Southern California in the mid-1980s. After a string of rape and murders, the media-dubbed The Night Stalker was eventually caught and convicted of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. In word: he’s a bad dude.

The NYPost says Franco will star as Ramirez and direct the film, making “The Night Stalker” his feature-film debut. Shooting on the fact-based pic, which will be based on the true-crime author Philip Carlo’s “The Night Stalker,” will commence this summer when Franco is on break from Yale.

“The Night Stalker” will be co-produced by Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell and Nicolas Constantine, who also wrote the screenplay.

Below, the real Richard Ramirez: