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April 19, 2016

James Franco's Indie Film 'King Cobra' Set in World of Gay Porn

LOS ANGELES—Lauded by IndieWire as “the Boogie Nights of gay porn,” producer James Franco premiered his new independent film King Cobra Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Based on the tragic true story of the brutal murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis, the owner of Cobra Video in 2007, the drama covers the early rise of gay porn star Sean Paul Lockhart, aka Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous.  When Corrigan decides he'd be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible. King Cobra stars Franco and Christian Slater as the rival producers, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen and Garrett Clayton as Corrigan. It was directed by Justin Kelly, who told TheWrap the film is “unapologetic” in its graphic depiction of gay sex.  A Luzerne County, Pa., jury in 2009 convicted Harlow Cuadra with killing Bryan Kocis inside his Pennsylvania home, which he set fire to cover up the crime. Cuadra and his partner, Joseph Kerekes, conspired to kill their rival Kocis, prosecutors said, so they could sign Corrigan. Authorities linked the two to Kocis' murder through e-mail, credit card receipts, photos, and comments made while they were under surveillance on a San Diego, Calif., nude beach. Cuadra received a life sentence for first-degree murder, while Kerekes pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and also was sentenced to life in prison. Kocis had been stabbed 28 times before the killers set fire to his Dallas Township house. Cobra Video gained traction in 2004 after Kocis cast then-twink model Brent Corrigan in Every Poolboy's Dream.  Corrigan has denounced the new indie film on Twitter, saying, “It’s made. And it's not about me. It's Hollywood's attempt at bastardizing my early years in porn, one man's murder, blah blah.” He added, “Chuck woulda done some justice. But these filmmakers didn't care about anyone but their take on it all (and not getting sued).” Corrigan also tweeted, “It doesn’t matter what A list celebrity is involved. The screenplay & content didn’t jive. I passed it up.” The star went on to say “all will be revealed” in his forthcoming book “Incorrigible.”

 
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