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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #156. James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

Director: James Franco
Writer: Matt Rager
Producers: Caroline Aragon, Lee Caplin, Vince Jolivette
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Loretta Devine, Danny McBride, Jon Hamm, Dave Franco

The mind-bogglingly busy James Franco experienced such success with last year’s adaptation of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying that’s he’s fast at work on another of Faulkner’s beloved works. While Martin Ritt directed this in 1959 starring Yul Brynner, Franco has assembled some of his Dying cast to return, like Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride. We’re excited to see the lovely Loretta Devine in the lineup, as well. With the success of Dying, this is bound to be an interesting companion piece. And, oh yeah, Franco also directed a Bukowski biopic and is filming new projects with Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog amidst a handful of other titles.

Gist: Based on the William Faulkner novel, this is a look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.

Release Date: If this is ready in time, we’re assuming another entry in Un Certain Regard at Cannes where As I Lay Dying premiered last year.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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