Franco directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette, based on the dark Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. From the production notes:
Child of God, tells the provocative story of Lester Ballad (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man, attempting to exist outside the social order. Consecutively deprived of parents and housing and driven by famished loneliness, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Set in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God is structured in three segments with each segment describing Ballad’s ever-growing isolation of from society and social mores.
The film opens today (Aug. 1) in Los Angeles and New York. We've posted the trailer below: