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Exclusive: Oscar nominated actor James Franco–who’s already directed a bunch of short films and a couple of indie features– is making a big leap. He’s finally getting to make his passion project. He’ll direct William Faulkner’s classic, “As I Lay Dying.” The shoot is set for October in Mississippi. Avi Lerner’s Millenium Films is financing it. And Franco is busy lining up his cast. Names already on the roster include Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green, Ahna O’Reilly, and Jim Parrack.

Franco himself will  have a small role in the film, based on Faulkner’s famous tale told in more than a dozen voices. I first reported that Franco would direct the Faulkner story more than a year and a half ago, but it’s taken that much time to put this complicated venture together. Look for more names to be added shortly.


It’s pretty exciting if you’re a Faulkner fan. The last time someone tried to make one of his novels into a film was the legendary Martin Ritt, in 1959, with “The Sound and the Fury.” It’s time to try again.

Meanwhile, here’s Franco’s latest directed commercial, for the new Samsung Galaxy Note:


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  1. […] James Franco has begun assembling the cast for his adaptation of the classic William Faulkner novel As I Lay Dying. Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, Jim Parrack, Ahna O’Reilly, and Franco himself are slated to star. Whether or not the film will be a disaster remains to be seen. For now, I’m betting “yes.” […]

  2. The movie began filming in White Oak (Smith County) during the last week of August. The community gave their full support. They were told about an old sucluded house on a back woods dirt road nestled beneath the Bienville National Forest. This cattle and farming community is the home to American Idol’s Skylar Laine’s grandmother and many a family members.

  3. […] Showbiz 411 (via Cinema Blend) reports that the pieces are in place for Franco to begin shooting in Mississippi this October. Whereas his earlier indie efforts have mostly flown under the radar, this one’s being backed by Avi Lerner‘s Millennium Films. The company’s other recent features include The Paperboy, The Expendables 2, and Playing for Keeps. […]

  4. Actually, the last time someone put one of Faulker’s novels on film was in the ’70s when Mark Rydell made the wonderful adaptation of The Reivers. It’s extremely good with Stever McQueen in the lead role as Boon Hogenbeck. It’s one of my favorites and a brilliant film.

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