The recent Academy Awards host will teach graduate film students this fall at New York University.
Washington Square News reports that Franco will teach 10-12 third-year directing students, who will adapt a Louise Gluck poem.
John Tintori, the chair of the graduate division of the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, said in an e-mail to WSN, "James' own film work has been based on poems, or about poets, so this is a nice fit for him...James has an amazing mind. And limitless energy. Our students will be fortunate to learn from him."
Franco, who has appeared in "Milk," "Howl" and "Spider-Man," studied film production at the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & Television at New York University. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in "127 Hours."