What if Todd Manning met Robert Frank aka Franco? What kind of adventures would they have? Would they get along and create havoc in Llanview or Port Charles? But what happens when the Real Franco (played by James Franco) turns up?
Todd Manning wasn’t having a good day. He and his girlfriend, Carly Jacks were fighting. His three children weren’t speaking to him because of his relationship with Carly. They didn’t care for Carly at all, especially Jack. Even his sister, Victoria Lord Buchanan, wasn’t speaking to him. And Viki was one person Todd could always count on to be there for him.
Todd just wanted to go home and pass out on his bed. But he was stuck at The Sun, the Llanview magazine he bought when he came into his millions after he learned he was Victor Lord’s son.
Just when Todd thought his day couldn’t get any worse, in walks Todd’s worst nightmare: Robert Frank, or better known as Franco. Todd had never met of Franco, but he has heard of him. And he vowed he never wanted to cross paths with the guy. The guy scared Todd out of his boxers. And Todd didn’t scare to easy, but Franco had some how managed to do that.
“Mr. Manning?” Franco said. “May I come in?”
“Yes, Mr. Franco. What can I do for you?” Todd asks, not really wanting to know.
“I need your help.” Franco said. “And I was told you were the man for the job.”
“Excuse me?” Todd asks, confused. “What can I possibly do for you?”
“Hire me as art director here at The Sun.”
“You want a job as art director here?
“Yes, I do.”
“What can you do for me here?”
“I will boost your sales if you hire me.”
“And just how will you do that?”
“I can’t tell that at the moment. You have to trust me on this. I have big plans for The Sun.”
“Okay. You’re hired.” Todd said, shaking Franco’s hand, not sure if he should have done this.
As Franco leaves Todd’s office, Todd wonders what he has gotten himself into. He knows Franco’s rap history, and wonders if he should have went through with the deal. At least Todd can fire him if Franco doesn’t bring in sales like promised.
Franco came to The Sun, ready to show Todd his first idea for The Sun. As staff showed up for the meeting, Todd opened the meeting with news of his newest employee.
“Welcome everyone. I’m glad you all were able to get here.” Todd began. “First, I’d like you to meet The Sun’s newest employee, Robert Frank.”
As everyone welcomed the new staff member, Franco said, “Thank you. You all can call me Franco.”
“Okay, now that you all are now familiar with Franco. . .” Todd began, “Franco here, is going to show you idea for The Sun.”
Todd let Franco have the floor as Franco put his laptop on the table to show the slides for his presentation.
After the presentation, the staff was pleased with Franco’s ideas, which greatly surprised Todd. Todd was glad to hear that everyone seemed to approve of Franco after Todd worried over his decision to bring him on.
Todd stopped Franco after everyone else left the conference room. “Franco, I want to apologize to you if I at all offended you yesterday by my untrusting attitude.”
“Don’t worry about it.” Franco reassured him.
“Well, it looks as if you will make a good addition to The Sun.” Todd said, patting Franco on the back.
Franco tried not to show it, but he couldn’t help but back off a little after Todd patted him on the back. Franco didn’t like to be touched. It reminded him of his own father, but Todd didn’t seem to notice, so Franco relaxed a bit.
After Franco saw that Todd was pleased with his presentation, Franco left the conference room and went to his office to work on his real plan as a sly smile came across Franco’s face.
He hung up the plan that was shown in the meeting on the bulletin board and began to work on his real plan.
Now that the idea was approved for the next issue of The Sun, Franco finished the real idea and successfully managed to get the real idea past Todd’s review and on to submission in the next issue.
Now all Franco had to do was wait for reader’s views when they see the real submission.
A week after the new issue of The Sun had been released, Todd nearly flipped when he reviewed the sales of the recent issue. Sales were nearly doubled from previous issues.
Todd glanced at the latest issue to see what was making all the sales, and he saw Franco’s latest idea and it was not what Franco had pitched at the meeting.
Franco’s idea was graphic depictions of his art was what drove The Sun’s sales up dramatically? Todd couldn’t understand why his readers wanted to see this stuff? He decided to visit Franco and ask what was up?
“Franco, we need to talk.” Todd said, when Franco said to come in.
“Yes, Mr. Manning.” Franco said. “Is there something wrong with the issue?”
“Yes, and no.”
“I’m confused.” Franco said. “I promised huge sales in The Sun? Didn’t I deliver?”
“Yes, you did, Franco.” Todd congratulated him. “But it wasn’t what you pitched in the meeting?”
“Yes, Mr. Manning. I knew you’d probably flip if you saw the real idea, so I pitched a fake idea and after you approved it, I got my real idea submitted instead.”
“But how did you get it past editing?”
Franco flashed a sly smile, “I told you I would increase your sales, did I not?”
“Yes, you did.”
“Well, what’s the problem?”
“Can I see what your working on for the next issue?”
But before Franco could show Todd his idea, Jessica Buchanan came in and interrupted them.
“Uncle Todd, we are needed at Angel Square, A.S.A.P.”
“There’s a press conference being held for my mother and I want to cover it before anyone else does.”
“Great! I’ll have Franco go with you to help.”
“Sure, Todd, I’m on my way.” Franco said, as he grabbed his notepad.
After Franco left with Jessica, Todd peaked at Franco’s latest idea and was a little confused by what Franco saw. He wondered if he should just let Franco go and give up these sales?
“Franco, I’m afraid I must let you go.” Todd told Franco sadly.
“You’re firing me?” Franco asked.
“I don’t like your work.”
“But I’ve brought in sales?”
“It’s your material.” Todd said, bluntly. “They’re too gruesome!”
“What’s wrong with it?”
“Images of murder?” Todd questioned him. “The Sun isn’t about murder.”
“That’s not murder. It’s called art!” Franco defended himself.
“Murder is not art!” Todd said. “Now, if you’ll please clean out your desk. . .”
“Okay, Mr. Manning, but you’re gonna be sorry!” Franco said, before he left Todd alone in his office.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Todd yells out after him.
Franco quickly cleaned out his office desk with a gleeful smile. His planned worked. Now he could proceed with the next phase of his plan: oust Todd Manning as CEO of The Sun. Franco rightfully owned the rights to The Sun and he had the proof from Victor Lord himself right before Victor died at his hands. Sure, they all think the man died of a heart attack, but that’s what Franco wanted them all to believe. No knew that Franco was there right before Victor died. Franco managed to sneak out just before the chambermaid came in and found Victor lying there dead in his study.
The two weeks that Franco was there at the Sun, Franco had managed to make friends with staff at The Sun, friends that detested Todd as CEO. Todd didn’t know what hit him when he hired Franco. And Franco was going to enjoy every minute of having Todd Manning tossed out on his butt!
Todd and Franco were on the case trying to solve the murder of Todd’s father, Victor Lord. But it seemed Victor Lord would have the last laugh on his son when a man claiming to be the real Franco (played by James Franco) arrived at The Sun.
“I’m sorry, sir, may I help you?” Todd asked as he was working on some edits at The Sun, while Franco was busy pursuing clues to the murder of Todd’s father.
“Yes, the man you have working with you is not Franco.” The man told Todd.
“I’m sorry, but who are you?” Todd inquired.
“I’m the real Franco.” The man said.
“Come again?” Todd asked in disbelief.
“I said, ‘I’m the real Franco,’ and the man claiming to be Franco is a fake.” The man repeated again.
“Yeah, and how can you prove you’re the real Franco?”
“I have all the documents here to prove it.” The man said, producing said documents and laid them on the desk for Todd to look at.
The documents that the man laid before Todd all claimed to be true, but Todd called his V.P. to come to his office.
“Mr. Manning.” Todd’s niece, Natalie Buchanan said when she arrived at Todd’s office.
“I need you to verify these documents to be true.” Todd said to Natalie as he handed the man claiming to be the real Franco to her.
“Yes, Uncle Todd. I’ll get right on it.” Natalie said, as she left to head for her own office.
“While we wait, Mr. er, Franco, why don’t you fill me in on what you intend to do if you are this Franco?”
“When it’s proven that I’m really Franco, I intend to take my life back!”
Just as Todd was getting to know the man claiming to be Franco, Franco had knocked on the door to reveal what he had found out about Victor Lord’s murder.