James Franco will be narrating the first audiobook of Stephen King’s 1979 classic, The Dead Zone — the inspiration behind the Christopher Walken film of the same name, as well as the television series, led by Anthony Michael Hall.
In an interview clip, exclusive to Entertainment Weekly, Franco called King, “one of the most pleasurable authors to read.” He added, “Even though we’re from different generations, all his influences, and things that he references, and the subjects he’s interested in seem to be all the things that I’m interested in.”
On the work itself, Franco noted, “You’ll find that the parallels to now are hauntingly close. And, considering that this was written over thirty years ago, it makes it even spookier, the closeness of the parallels. … It basically shows that Stephen King is a psychic.”
Compared to the other audiobooks Franco has narrated (his own, Actors Anonymous, and Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five) he said, “The Dead Zone is about five or six times as long as those other two books.” Franco added, “It took many sessions to do The Dead Zone, over the course of many months.”
The full interview clip can be heard below.