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James Franco to direct and produce Tennessee drama 'The Long Home'

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James Franco will direct and produce an adaptation of yet another novel, William Gay’s The Long Home.

Set in Tennessee in the 1940s, the book is centered around a young, headstrong carpenter who is forced to work for the man responsible for his father’s murder many years ago and the difficult choices he is faced with when confronted with that evil again. The book was Gay’s debut novel and won the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.

EW has confirmed that Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce the coming-of-age tale through their Rabbit Bandini Productions banner.

Franco’s current project is the film In Dubious Battle, based on John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel about a labor conflict between fruit pickers in California. Franco is producing, directing and starring in the film alongside Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard.

Franco previously directed adaptations of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying.

 

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