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James Franco wants Jon Hamm to star in his adaptation of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury

Jul. 5, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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THE SOUND AND THE FURY is not an easy book to read. Told from alternating character points of view, it took until last year for a color-coded edition to be released to aid the reader in deciphering the narrative. Faulkner's books, while not insurmountable to adapt (THE SOUND AND THE FURY has a prior film version made in 1959), are no easy task to convey on the big screen.

Multi-hyphenate James Franco recently directed another Faulkner adaptation, AS I LAY DYING, and has hit sights set on next tackling THE SOUND AND THE FURY.

Here's a brief synopsis of the novel:

The novel centers on the Compson family, former Southern aristocrats who are struggling to deal with the dissolution of their family and its reputation. Over the course of the thirty years or so related in the novel, the family falls into financial ruin, loses its religious faith and the respect of the town of Jefferson.

Franco has cowritten the screenplay for THE SOUND AND THE FURY with his AS I LAY DYING partner Matt Rager. Franco intends to star in the film which already has funding in place. The LA Times reports that Franco wants to bring back his AS I LAY DYING co-star Danny McBride, his brother Dave Franco, and MAD MEN star Jon Hamm.

Nothing is set in stone yet for the cast, but for some reason I have always envisioned Jon Hamm in a period drama like this. He has the matinee idol good looks and a damn fine acting ability to pull of both dramatic and comedic roles. As far as Franco's directing ability, the trailer for AS I LAY DYING doesn't look like it has quite the visual scope I would imagine for a tale like THE SOUND AND THE FURY, but I will reserve judgement until I actually see the movie. Until then, consider me intrigued.

Extra Tidbit: Jon Hamm would have made a kick ass Superman.
Source: Cinema Blend

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10:13AM on 07/07/2013
I like Franco's serious side. I deeply enjoyed City by the Sea back in 2002.
I like Franco's serious side. I deeply enjoyed City by the Sea back in 2002.
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6:12PM on 07/05/2013

Curious to see McBride in a serious role

I'm all for Franco becoming a triple threat! Still cracking up at his performance in This is the End.
I'm all for Franco becoming a triple threat! Still cracking up at his performance in This is the End.
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6:45PM on 07/05/2013
McBride was mostly serious in Up in the Air with George Clooney.
McBride was mostly serious in Up in the Air with George Clooney.
6:12PM on 07/05/2013

Curious to see McBride in a serious role

I'm all for Franco becoming a triple threat! Still cracking up at his performance in This is the End.
I'm all for Franco becoming a triple threat! Still cracking up at his performance in This is the End.
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5:17PM on 07/05/2013
Huge fan of Franco and Hamm, so having them both in one film together and with an interesting story like this sounds like a win win.

Very intrigued to see if Franco can not only be a great actor, but also a very good writer and director as well.
Huge fan of Franco and Hamm, so having them both in one film together and with an interesting story like this sounds like a win win.

Very intrigued to see if Franco can not only be a great actor, but also a very good writer and director as well.
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4:36PM on 07/05/2013
Franco is the man, look at his 3 films this year, Oz, Spring Breakers, This is The End. Now tell me another leading mainstream actor with such diverse roles. Didn't know he had started directing, I will watch anything this guy does just out of respect of his career choices.
Franco is the man, look at his 3 films this year, Oz, Spring Breakers, This is The End. Now tell me another leading mainstream actor with such diverse roles. Didn't know he had started directing, I will watch anything this guy does just out of respect of his career choices.
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5:18PM on 07/05/2013
Couldn't agree more. I will see everything and anything James Franco does. The guy is a machine dedicated to his craft.
Couldn't agree more. I will see everything and anything James Franco does. The guy is a machine dedicated to his craft.
6:12PM on 07/05/2013
well said.
well said.
4:32PM on 07/05/2013

Move from one emotionally exhausting movie to the next?

Man that has to take a toll, I wonder if he'll take the roll. But I don't hear people lining up around the block for Hamm as they did 3 years ago.
Man that has to take a toll, I wonder if he'll take the roll. But I don't hear people lining up around the block for Hamm as they did 3 years ago.
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