James Takes On William: Franco To Direct 'As I Lay Dying'
Via NY Daily News:
Armed with an NYU film degree and fresh off his literature studies at Yale, James Franco seems ready to direct an adaption of As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner's dense, award-winning tour de force.
His book employs over a dozen different narrators to recount the death and burial of Abbie Bundren, the matriarch of a lower-class Southern family. The novel’s unconventional structure and stream-of-consciousness writing means it'll be tough to translate to the silver screen—but Franco seems very aware of the challenge. Franco told the online magazine /Film: "I want to be loyal to the book—my approach is to always be loyal in a lot a ways—but in order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie."
Nobody really seems sure how the hell Franco is gonna pull this off, but so far, Danny McBride of Eastbound and Down, Tim Blake Nelson of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Ahna O'Reilly of The Help have all signed on. Sources indicate that they will begin shooting in Mississippi this October.
Do you think he has what it takes? Who would be the ideal director for this material?
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