March 4th, 2011
06:29 PM ET
Following his Oscars-hosting gig, James Franco already has another project lined up: The all-over actor is collaborating with rockers R.E.M.
The music group recently announced the Collapse Into Now Film Project, a selection of films personally curated by lead singer Michael Stipe that will accompany each song on R.E.M's upcoming "Collapse Into Now" album.
Franco will direct films for "That Someone Is You" and "Blue," and conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles are among the other directors participating in the project.
"I went to people I really wanted to work with and I could trust them to do whatever they wanted. They had absolute free rein. In many instances I was surprised, in many instances I got what I wanted," Stipe told NME.com. "It was really fun for me to curate, working with all these different artists, and seeing how they interpreted the songs. The thing that was surprising is how much they interlockingly work, like an album."
"Collapse Into Now" is set for release March 8. Three of the films are already available for viewing, with more to come over the course of the next several weeks.
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