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James Franco 'to shoot two literary adaptations'

4th January 2011

American actor, producer and director James Franco could be planning to launch two film adaptations of popular literary works, it has been reported.

According to the Showbiz411 website, the star is currently in talks to write and direct the silver screen version of As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner's 1930 novel about the efforts of a woman's family to have her buried in her home town.

Entertainment journalist Roger Friedman wrote: 'Unlike at least a half dozen other films that have been "announced" for Franco in the last few weeks, the actor tells me this is the one he's most attached to.'

Friedman added that it is hoped the project will start shooting next spring.

In addition, the reporter claimed that Franco is in negotiations to write and direct a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, which is a violent epic based on events taking place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s.

Last month, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that novelist Dan Brown has taken over scriptwriting duties for the film adaptation of his The Lost Symbol.
 

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