James Franco: Actor, Writer, Host, Drag Queen...Now Director?James Franco is either on a mission to become pop culture's most ubiquitous Renaissance man or he's shoring up his resume to run for president. He's worn lipstick for a magazine cover, written scripts, will host the 83rd Academy Awards, is currently working on his PhD and, of course, we know him best as an actor, but now he's expanding his CV yet again.

According to Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411, Franco is slated to write and direct two major adaptive films -- William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying' and Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian.' To top it off, he plans to do all of this while he's still studying at Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design.

Friedman says Franco is hoping to start 'As I Lay Dying' next spring, while work on 'Blood Meridean' would begin sometime in 2012.