James Franco stars in the film adaptation of 1930′s novel by William Faulkner, “As I Lay Dying.” Franco also wrote the screenplay and directed the film.
“As I Lay Dying” is a complicated tale of 15 characters. The story centers around the death of Addie Bundren and the motivations (some pure, others selfish) behind her family’s quest to honor her wishes of being buried in a town called Jefferson.
“You want to capture the tone, but you can’t work in exactly the same way … I don’t believe it’ll feel the same if you divide it as rigidly as the book, like titles that say ‘Cash’ and then you’re with Cash,” Franco told Entertainment Weekly before filming the movie. “You can slip into the characters’ heads and give them their inner voice for a while, but it has to be more fluid because movies just work differently than books. Movies, in some ways because they deal in images, are more concrete. I want to be loyal to the book — my approach is to always be loyal in a lot a ways — but in order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie.”
“As I Lay Dying” will be released later this year. Watch the trailer below.