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James Franco narrating Stephen King novel 'The Dead Zone'

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, actor James Franco attends the LA Premiere of "The Night Before" held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

James Franco is reteaming with author Stephen King to narrate the audio version of his book "The Dead Zone."

The audio edition of the book will be released in April.

"I've been a fan of Stephen King's work for a while now," Franco says. "He's one of the most pleasurable authors to read or listen to. He just guides you along so well. Even though we're from different generations all his influences and things he references and subjects he's interested in seem to be all the things I'm interested in."

"James is a terrific actor," King adds. "I knew that he would perfectly capture the vibe and voice of 'The Dead Zone.'"

"The Dead Zone" was originally released in 1979 and centers on a man who emerges from a five-year coma with clairvoyant abilities. The book spawned a 1983 film adaptation starring Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen and a television series with Anthony Michael Hall, Nicole de Boer and Sean Patrick Flanery.

Franco and King previously collaborated on the TV adaptation of the author's 2011 novel "11.22.63."


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