“Devil in a Blue Dress” helmer Carl Franklin has come on board to direct a movie adaptation of William Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust.”
Our House Productions, headed by Rob Hickman, has the rights from the Faulkner estate to produce the film adaptation of the 1948 novel, centered on a black farmer accused of murdering a white man. The farmer is exonerated, thanks to the efforts of black and white teenagers, and a spinster.
Producers are Hickman, Lee Caplin of Picture Entertainment and Dimitri Logothetis. Jay Strommen, Larry Nealy and Steven Michael Swadling of Our House are executive producer along with Jesse B. Franklin.
The Exchange is selling distribution rights in both domestic and foreign markets at the Cannes Film Festival.
MGM made “Intruder in the Dust” into a 1949 movie, directed by Clarence Brown and starring David Brian, Claude Jarman, Jr. and Juano Hernandez, who portrayed the main character. Brown had worked with Jarman on “The Yearling.”
“Intruder in the Dust” marks the third time Hickman and the Our House Productions team have collaborated with Logothetis on a project following “Kickboxer: Vengeance” and “Kickboxer: Retaliation.”
Franklin teamed with Denzel Washington on “Devil in a Blue Dress” and “Out of Time.” He also directed Meryl Streep’s “One True Thing,” and Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in “High Crimes.”
Franklin has worked extensively in recent years on high-profile TV series, including “The Newsroom,” “House of Cards,” “Homeland” and “The Affair.” He’s repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.