James Franco to Adapt William Faulkner’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY

Faulkner’s most famous novel getting new adaptation.

In the wake of his recent exit from directing and starring in an adaptation of Andre Dubus III’s ‘The Garden of Last Days,’ James Franco has revealed that he is now planning to tackle an independently financed adaptation of William Faulkner’s 1929 stream-of-consciousness classic ‘The Sound and the Fury.’

Franco, who recently starred in, co-wrote and directed an adaptation of Faulkner’s acclaimed work, ‘As I Lay Dying,’ confirmed his plans for ‘The Sound and the Fury’ to The Los Angeles Times, revealing that he is aiming to begin principal photography later this year.

Published in 1929, ‘The Sound and the Fury’ is set in Jefferson, Mississippi and tells the epic story of the Compson family, a group of Southern aristocrats who fall on hard times early in the 20th century.

Franco is believed to be eyeing ‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm to play the family patriarch, Mr. Compson, with Franco junior, Dave Franco, and frequent collaborator Danny McBride expected to co-star.

‘The Sound and the Fury’ was previously adapted into a 1959 film by filmmaker Martin Ritt with a cast lead by Oscar-winner Yul Brynner.