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127 Hours actor James Franco wants As I Lay Dying

04 January 2011

Multi talented Golden Globes winner James Frranco is reportedly eyeing the rights to film William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.

Franco has been working with his manager to win over the Faulkner estate into granting him the option, assuming he's successful, Fox Searchlight has committed to develop the project, which Franco wants to get up and running early next year.

Faulkner’s story is not for the faint-hearted film maker – a stream of consciousness-style story that features 15 different narrators across 59 chapters, it was originally published in 1930 and follows a family’s attempt to honour Addie Bundren’s wishes to buried in a specific town.

He's no stranger to this type of film making, his latest film 127 Hours from prolific director Danny Boyle is released tomorrow. 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, abseil a 65 foot rock face and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

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