Based on the Stephen Elliot memoir, a new film titled, “The Adderall Diaries” stars Amber Heard and James Franco. Also starring in the film is Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and True Blood’s Jim Parrack.
The story centers on the gripping account of a young man navigating the unstable terrain of truth and identity. Robert Redford is exec producing and Pamela Romanowsky is directing.
The film is being co-produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions partners James Franco and Vince Jolivette, and Windowseat Films producers James Reach and Joseph McKelheer. It is being financed by Peregrine Entertainment Capital and is Executive Produced by Leo Kiely, Bill Kiely and Ryan Dorff.
Here is the book’s official synopsis:
In the spring of 2007, a brilliant computer programmer named Hans Reiser stands accused of murdering his estranged wife, Nina. Despite a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him, he proclaims his innocence. The case takes a twist when Nina’s former lover, and Hans’s former best friend, Sean Sturgeon, confesses to eight unrelated murders that no one has ever heard of.
At the time of Sturgeon’s confession, Stephen Elliot is paralyzed by writer’s block, in the thrall of Adderall dependency, and despondent over the state of his romantic life. But he is fascinated by Sturgeon, whose path he has often crossed in San Francisco’s underground S&M scene. What kind of person, he wonders, confesses to a murder he likely did not commit? One answer is, perhaps, a man like Elliott’s own father.
So begins a riveting journey through a neon landscape of false confessions, self-medication, and torturous sex. Set against the backdrop of a nation at war, in the declining years of the Silicon Valley tech boom and the dawn of Paris Hilton’s celebrity, The Adderall Diaries is at once a gripping account of a murder trial and a scorching investigation of the self. Tough, tender, and unflinchingly honest, it is the breakout book by one of the most daring writers of his generation.