Considering the amount of 'classic literature' I had to plow through in university, it always amazes me how long it took me to get to William Faulkner. The Hollywood Reporterannounced that Faulkner's Intruder in the Dust is heading to theaters, again. The first adaptation was back in 1949 (the same year Faulkner won his Nobel Prize for Literature) and was directed by Clarence Brown. The story centers on "the trial of Lucas Beauchamp, a black farmer accused of murdering a white man. He is cleared through the efforts of black and white teenagers and a spinster from a long-established southern family." So far there is no word on a director or a cast, but since there is already a completed script (albeit from 1949), it shouldn't take long to start putting the film together.

Faulkner might have had a rocky relationship with Hollywood, but throughout his career he wrote numerous screenplays. Sometimes it was as unaccredited work; that was the case with 1945's Mildred Pierce, but sometimes he did get the credit -- most notably for his work on the Bogey/Bacall films The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not. Faulkner didn't just write for the movies either, many of his own works were adapted for the big screen including The Long Hot Summer and The Sound and the Fury in 1959. James Franco is also taking a shot at directing a feature film version of Red Leaves. Picture Entertainment and Plum Pictures will produce Dust as a joint effort, and they will be shopping it around to major studios. Picture already has some inroads at Sony, but who knows? Maybe MGM will want another crack at it. Production is set to begin in 2009.
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