James Franco to helm AS I LAY DYING and BLOOD MERIDIAN

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 3rd, 2011

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Well I’ll be damned. Apparently James Franco has a few killer projects to truly launch his directing career with.

Showbiz411 (hat tip to The Film Stage) is reporting that the actor/writer/artist/grad student/and soon to be director will make his first studio project in the form of an adaptation of William Faulkner’s classic novel, As I Lay Dying. This isn’t all that shocking, particularly after he and his manager, Miles Levy, have routinely stated that they have “a commitment from Fox Searchlight to bring the project to fruition,” it’s the other film the thespian is looking to helm that makes this all extremely newsworthy.

Apparently, the actor is in the middle of working on a deal “to write and direct Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridianin 2012.” The novel  has been long talked about with regards to a possible adaptation, getting names such as Todd Field, Ridley Scott, and even Michael Haneke interested in helming the film.

The novel follows “a teenage runaway referred to only as ‘the kid’” and focuses on the Glanton gang, a group of scalp hunters who ran the US/Mexico border in 1849-50.

Personally, while Franco isn’t the first name I’d think of with regards to helming the film, it is an interesting one for sure. Franco will be premiering his “art project film connected to the ‘80s sitcom, Three’s Company,” come this year’s Sundance, and while these two projects seem entirely different, I am quite interested in seeing what Franco could do with this project.  Both projects here sound quite intriguing, so hopefully we’ll hear a lot more about them relatively soon.

What do you think?

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