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September 26, 2013 3:34 PM
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James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' Going Straight to iTunes, VOD and DVD

Looking forward to seeing James Franco's film adaptation of the classic Faulkner novel, "As I Lay Dying" in theaters? Seems you won't have your chance because the film, which premiered at Cannes last year, will be going straight to iTunes, VOD, iVOD and DVD, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Directed and co-written by Franco (along with Matt Rager), the film also stars Tim Blake Nelson, Danny McBride, Logan Marshall-Green and Ahna O'Reilly.  It was originally slated to open theatrically on Sept. 27, but instead, Millenium will release the film directly on iTunes on Oct. 22, and on VOD/iVOD and DVD on Nov. 5.

Given the challenging source material about an impoverished Mississippi family struggling to give its recently deceased matriarch an appropriate burial, it's not entirely surprising that the film won't be hitting theaters. In his review of the film from Cannes, Boyd van Hoeij wrote, "Given that the original novel has multiple narrators (15 in total over the course of 59 chapters) and is told in a stream-of-consciousness style, fragmenting the on-screen space seems like a justifiable choice, if clearly something that most audiences will have to learn to least adjust to."

Still, with a recognizable title (that starts with the letter 'A') and Franco's star power, the film should fare well on digital platforms.

Check out the trailer for the film below:



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2 Comments

  • AsILayUpset | September 28, 2013 9:53 AMReply

    "It was originally slated to open theatrically on Sept. 27", I'm slightly confused by this because the distributor undertook no promotion to indicate that this movie would be released on Sept. 27, they don't even have a twitter account for this movie.

    In fact, the only information that I noted was on IMDb, which might not have been correct in the first place. Maybe, it was always intended for iTunes, VOD, iVOD and DVD, but I wish Franco and his team sold this piece of magic to a distributor who could ensure that it was seen on the big screen.

    Especially, William Faulkner amazing work. Also, in light of Franco's recent successes with Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, This is the End and his recent comedy roast. How, on earth could the distributor not take advantage of this, as Franco has strong following and still growing. The distributor should have tried harder, not impressed.

    I don't like the way some websites have worded this news in comparison to other stars having their movies delayed or going onto the same release format as this one.

    Because, it makes it sound like the movie is truly bad (which I hope the vast majority of people don't buy into), and yet Franco actually ensured that it was extremely faithful to the book, which should please fans of the book, as well as being useful for students learning English Lit. (basically, not just a great movie for the present generation but for the future generation also and should be rewarded with some awards).

    I have also noticed that some critics reviewing this movie, have clearly not read the book, not that it's truly matters but very useful (whatever book cover people decide to get - the brand of
    William Faulkner grows as always) as the book is complex.

    Again, I seriously, can't believe that their putting William Faulkner in corner by not showing it on the big screen, what a shame.

    "Given that the original novel has multiple narrators (15 in total over the course of 59 chapters) and is told in a stream-of-consciousness style, fragmenting the on-screen space seems like a justifiable choice, if clearly something that most audiences will have to learn to least adjust to.", so apparently audiences are so stupid, they can't handle a movie like this. Thanks for the vote of confidence, hence bring on more blockbuster movies for this generation to eat it up instead.

    Franco and his team should be extremely proud of this movie, and audiences with open minds should check it out whatever the platform, hopefully, it becomes a hit, because it deserves to be.

  • Lisa Nesselson | September 28, 2013 8:31 AMReply

    Sorry to hear this. The film plays very well indeed on the big screen where the split-screen device has room to spread out.