James Franco reveals plans to direct William Faulkner adaptation

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: 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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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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