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James Franco reveals plans to direct William Faulkner adaptation

By Sean O’Connell Even more James Franco news in what has been a very busy day for the immensely talented actor.

This morning, Franco – who already is co-hosting this year’s Oscar telecast – learned that he’ll also be a Best Actor nominee at next month’s ceremony. This afternoon, Fox Searchlight announced that “127 Hours” would be on DVD. And now, Franco’s revealing what he plans to do next.

“This summer I’m going to direct a movie based on William Faulkner’s novel ‘As I Lay Dying,'” Franco told MTV while attending the Sundance Film Festival.

“I shoot a test of the whole movie before I make a movie,” Franco continued. “So we just shot a test.”

Franco’s directing credits aren’t extensive: a few features and a handful of shorts. But he has some power to wield, and it will be interesting to see how he applies that to a story he’s anxious to tell.

Faulkner’s “Lay Dying,” his fifth novel, is told in stream-of-consciousness using multiple narrators who explain the efforts to bury a character named Addie Bundren in her hometown of Jefferson.

Until Franco can get “Lay Dying” in theaters, his fans can still see him in “Your Highness” with fellow Oscar nominee Natalie Portman this Spring.

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