Yale official denies Franco’s request to teach at school

The Spider-Man star will begin studying at the Connecticut-based college in September (10) to obtain a doctorate in English and film studies.

He announced last week (begs19Jul10) that he would be taking on an extra workload as a teacher in his own “very special class” at the facility, saying, “I am going to teach at Yale. It’s in the works. I have a very special class I will be teaching next January.”

But Yale’s English Department Chair Michael Warner has countered the claim, suggesting Franco spoke too soon – because his teaching request has been turned down.

Clarifying the confusion in an email to the Yale Daily News, Warner writes, “As a grad student in our programme, he would not ordinarily teach until his third year. (Franco) was referring to another project: a proposal for a college seminar that did not work out for this year.”

However, Franco will have another venture to keep him busy – he will be staging a musical with undergraduates next spring (11), with help from fellow students Ari Berkowitz and Matthew George.

Describing the project as a “stage/film/musical/crazy production,” Franco says, “(This) will not be a regular student production that will run for four shows. We have a bunch of funding and aim to make this a large project.”

The actor has previously studied filmmaking at New York University and earned a master of fine arts diploma from Columbia.