James Franco Boards Tennessee Drama ‘The Long Home’

James Franco Casting The Long Home
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James Franco has come on board to direct and produce William Gay’s “The Long Home,” a coming-of-age story set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s.

Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce through their Rabbit Bandini Productions.

The story centers on a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years before to a human evil and is forced to make difficult moral choices to face up to that evil. “The Long Home” was Gay’s debut novel and won the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.

Franco is currently producing, directing and starring in “In Dubious Battle,” based on John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel about labor conflict. The cast includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard.

Franco has also directed two adaptions of William Faulkner novels set in the rural South through Rabbit Bandini — 2014’s “The Sound and the Fury,” which played at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and 2013’s “As I Lay Dying.”

He was last seen in Sony’s “The Interview,” which he exec produced.

The deal for “The Long Home” was made by Geoff Sanford at RWSG Literary Agency and Pat Walsh at Dzanc Books. The news was first reported by Publishers Weekly.

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  1. Elaine Montgomery says:

    Wonderful news that James Franco bought the film rights to The Long Home. William Gay is one of my favorite authors and, having seen Franco’s adaptation of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, know that he will do a tremendous job with the film.

  2. b1ckf0rd says:

    How weird/awesome is it that they’re filming at least part of this in the town I grew up in (Eaton, Ohio)

  3. Elizabeth Cooper says:

    Hey. My name is elizabeth cooper. I am 14 years old. I know you have to be 15 but i am turning 15 june 2. I love acting. It is my passion. Wether it be an extra in this movie. It is my life long dream. I have done some acting before. Working with people such as zendaya, matty b, i went to digitour 2015 and connor franta.please get back to me asap. I am available anytime . Thank you. God bless

  4. Real says:

    By the way the British government are furious with you and want to prosecute your agencies and companies for five years exploitation and abuse.

  5. Nasty says:

    Nasty behavior…….

  6. Me says:

    See these bastards been using me and are still using me as a stylist for all these movies for the past five years and not giving me real deals the government is trying to strengthen me by providing money to sort out some things and imdb is stalling the updates. And why couldn’t they give me that budget and get those producers to contact me?

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