James Franco Hears The Sound And The Fury

And he wants Jon Hamm to co-star

James Franco’s driving need to work on as many projects as he can short of cloning himself might not always work for everyone – just ask the financiers behind the adaptation of The Garden Of Last Days, which he pulled out of directing recently – but it certainly means he’s busy. Franco now has a plan to work on an adaptation of William Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness tale The Sound And The Fury.

It won’t be the first time he’s tackled the man’s work: his last effort on that front, As I Lay Dying, premiered at Cannes.

Set in Mississippi in the early 20th Century, Sound tells the epic story of the Compson family, a group of Southern aristocrats who fall on hard times. Franco wants to play a main role as well as directing the script he wrote with Matt Rager, who worked with him on As I Lay Dying.

He has his eye on several co-stars already, with Jon Hamm firmly at the top of the wish list alongside likely easier scores Dave Franco (his brother) and Danny McBride (who he's worked with several times). Franco is looking to lock down the last few pieces of funding before filming can kick off, possibly by the autumn.

In the meantime, he’s set to act for Wim Wenders on Every Thing Will Be Fine and has completed filming on Bukowski, Holy Land and True Story. He can currently be found on our screens in apocalypto-com This Is The End.