James Franco Talks AS I LAY DYING, Adapting Literary Novels, Balancing Acting, Producing and Directing, Plus Updates on THE SOUND AND THE FURY & BUKOWSKI

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Now playing in limited release and coming soon to VOD and DVD is James Franco’s adaptation of the 1930 classic American novel from William FaulknerAs I Lay Dying.  Starring Franco,Tim Blake NelsonDanny McBrideAhna O’ReillyLogan Marshall-GreenBeth Grant, and Jim Parrack, the film chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

The other day I landed an exclusive phone interview with Franco.  He talked about making the film, the challenges of adapting the book, the way his career has developed, how film school helped shape him as a filmmaker, future films like Bukowski and The Sound and the Fury, and how he balances being an actor with future directing projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Cannes 2013: New Images from BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, NEBRASKA, THE IMMIGRANT, and AS I LAY DYING

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The 2013 Cannes Film Festival begins today, and new images have been released for these movies in the fest’s line-up:

  • Behind the Candelabra – Directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds.
  • Nebraska – Directed by Alexander Payne, starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Stacy Keach, and Bob Odenkirk.
  • The Immigrant – Directed by James Gray, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner.
  • As I Lay Dying – Directed and starring James Franco, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green, and Danny McBride.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – May 26th.

First Trailer for James Franco’s AS I LAY DYING Starring Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride

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The first trailer for James Franco’s adaptation of the William Faulkner novel As I Lay Dying has arrived.  Adapting an author as verbose and complex as Faulkner is no easy task, but Franco is tackling As I Lay Dying head on as both director and star.  Given Franco’s incredibly varied tastes, it’s tough to tell if this film is a serious adaptation or just another one of his art experiments.  The drama is certainly played straightforward in this trailer, but the appearance of someone like Danny McBride in the cast is striking.  The verdict on the pic will be in soon enough, as the film is slated to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival which kicks off this week.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green, Ahna O’Reilly, and Jim Parrack.

2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Includes INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, NEBRASKA, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, and More

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The full lineup for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was announced today, and it looks like a really great group of films will be screening in the south of France later next month.  Official selections include Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the CandelabraJoel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur, and James Gray’s The Immigrant (previously titled Low Life).  Additionally, the Robert Redford man vs. nature film All Is Lost will premiere out of competition, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling RingJames Franco’s As I Lay Dying, and the Sundance hit Fruitvale Station (previously titled Fruitvale) will screen Un Certain Regard.

A number of these titles are early awards contenders, and I’m particularly interested to hear the reaction for the Coens’ Davis and Payne’s The Descendants follow-up Nebraska, which is a black-and-white road trip movie starring Will Forte and Bruce Dern.  Hit the jump to read the full lineup.  The 2013 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 26th.

James Franco Lines up Casting for Directorial Debut, AS I LAY DYING; Includes Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, and More

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In January 2011, we reported that James Franco was set to make his directorial debut by adapting William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying.   He planned to get the movie in front of cameras in the summer, but obviously that didn’t happen (he also wanted to shoot an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian this year).  Today, Showbiz 411 reports As I Lay Dying has finally gotten back on track with a shoot set up for October in Mississippi.  Franco is also starting to line up roles for the adaptation, which is based on a book that contains twelve different points-of-view.  The cast will include Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall Green, Ahna O’Reilly, and Jim Parrack.  Franco will have a small role in the picture.

Directing Faulkner is a tall order, which is why no one has gotten an adaptation to the big screen since 1959′s The Sound and the Fury.  Faulkner’s novels are incredibly complex, which is partially the result of writing books with over 200 pages and only seven sentences.  Hit the jump for the synopsis of As I Lay Dying.

James Franco Talks AS I LAY DYING and BLOOD MERIDIAN

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Yesterday, we reported that James Franco was looking to direct adaptations of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.  However, later in the day, Blood Meridian producer Scott Rudin cast doubt on the original report.  Now, EW has spoken to Franco directly on the matter.  Franco confirms the original report by saying that he hopes to direct both films, with As I Lay Dying shooting in the summer and then Blood Meridian going before cameras sometime in 2012.

Hit the jump for what Franco had to say regarding his approach to the difficult narrative structure of As I Lay Dying and how he won over Rudin on Blood Meridian.

James Franco to Direct Adaptations of AS I LAY DYING and BLOOD MERIDIAN?

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James Franco is reportedly gearing up to direct adaptations of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian.  According to Showbiz411, Franco has written a screenplay for As I Lay Dying and has been in discussions with the Faulkner estate.  Franco tells Showbiz411 that this is the project “he’s most attached to” and hopes to get it off the ground next spring.  Franco is also planning to adapt Blood Meridian in 2012.

Hit the jump for a brief synopsis of both books along with other projects Franco has on the horizon. [There's been an update on this story regarding Blood Meridian.  Hit the jump for more.]

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