Thanks to the difficulty of William Faulkner’s stream-of-consciousness writing, his novel The Sound and the Fury has only seen one major film adaptation, released in 1959. That is, until James Franco decided to take a stab at the perennial high school English-class favorite. Franco’s adaptation, which he directed and also stars in, has a new clip to show fans of Franco and the novel what’s in store.
Debuted by Deadline, the clip is notably Franco-free; it depicts Scott Haze’s Jason Compson IV reprimanding his niece Miss Quentin (Joey King) for her appearance. Their servant Dilsey (Loretta Devine) appears briefly then occasionally interjects from offscreen in the otherwise tense but reserved confrontation.
The Sound and the Fury follows the Compson family, a once well-respected clan who finds its reputation falling. In addition to Haze and King, Franco will appear as Benjy Compson, while Jon Hamm and Tim Blake Nelson will play other members of the Compson family.
Franco’s film looks to be playing things straight, though his partners in comedy crime Seth Rogen and Danny McBride make cameo appearances in the film. The Sound and the Fury will debut at the Venice International Film Festival.