David Milch Scores Rights To The Works of William Faulkner

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David Milch Faulkner

via New York Magazine

Are you a William Faulkner fan? Then this will probably be the best news you've gotten since August 1987, when the US Postal Service issued a 22-cent stamp in his honor!

Writer and producer David Milch, the man behind shows like NYPD Blue, Deadwood, and the upcoming Luck, just extended his contract at HBO. At the same time, he struck a deal with the Faulkner estate, which gives him access to everything Faulkner has done (outside stuff that's already been optioned) for shows, mini-series, or movies. 

New York Magazine explains the significance of this pairing better than I ever could: 

Milch and Faulkner go together like decaying societies and muddy underpants: Perfectly. Both shift perspectives and voices, both examine the ways we hold our small societies together, and both create somehow beautiful characters that illuminate facets of misery (but sometimes victory) you didn't even know existed.

The deal covers all of Faulkner's 19 novels and 125 short stories. That is a lot of material. And it's encouraging that Milch has a good relationship with HBO, because they've got a better-than-even track record when it comes to putting out good TV.  

So, let's start fan-casting The Sound and The Fury! Who should play Benjy Compson?!

Image of A Summer of Faulkner: As I Lay Dying/The Sound and the Fury/Light in August (Oprah's Book Club)
Author: William Faulkner
Price: $22.51
Publisher: Vintage (2005)
Binding: Paperback, 1105 pages
Image of Collected Stories of William Faulkner
Author: William Faulkner
Price: $14.64
Publisher: Vintage (1995)
Binding: Paperback, 912 pages
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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading December 1, 2011 - 7:15am

Awesome.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like December 1, 2011 - 9:35am

For Benjy, after seeing Drive the other day, I might say Ryan Gosling.

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch December 1, 2011 - 10:24pm

I see Ryan Gosling more as a Quentin. But I didn't see Drive.

For Benjy, I vote Macaulay Culkin. His brother Kieran could make a good Quentin too.