The chair of the graduate film programme, John Tintori, believes that Franco has all the qualities needed to be a great professor.

He tells the New York Post, "He's here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students. He's incredibly prolific, and that comes from a real work ethic - and that's another thing to impart to our students."

Only 12 students will be able to register for the intimate class.