James Franco's latest gay film I Am
Michael will arrive in theaters next month.
I Am Michael was picked up by
Brainstorm Media, which will release the film in limited theaters and
on streaming platforms on Friday, January 27, according to The
Franco plays “ex-gay” activist
Michael Glatze in the film, which premiered in January at the
Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Glatze is the controversial publisher
and former gay rights advocate who gained notoriety for publicly
renouncing being gay in 2007, two years after he was featured in Time
magazine for his activism.
Glatze and former boyfriend Benjie
Nycum (played by out actor Zachary Quinto) in 2004 launched Young
Gay America magazine (YGA Mag), a bimonthly magazine for
LGBT youth which folded three years later. The pair, who met while
working at XY
magazine, also co-authored the book XY Survival Guide.
Franco, who also served as producer
along with Vince Jolivette on the project, earlier this year said
that the film asks whether being gay is a choice “in a healthy
“Is it nurture or nature and do we
allow someone to make these decisions?” Franco told the AP. “I
think this movie touches on those issues in a really interesting way
where it allows people to talk about it and fosters discussion in a
very healthy way.”