- Cast: James Franco, Danny McBride, Ahna O'Reilly, Logan Marshall-Green, Richard Jenkins, Scott Haze, Jim Parrack, Tim Blake Nelson, Jesse Heiman, Beth Grant, Brian Lally, Casey Dillard, Brady Permenter, Jennifer Howell, Cameron Spann, Kenny Cook, Jessica Lemon Wilkinson, Ash Taylor, Dunlap Peeples, Ken Hudson, Emma Wynters, Coby Batty, Marcus Vowell
- Director: James Franco
- Writers: James Franco, William Faulkner
- Producers: Caroline Aragon, Lee Caplin, Vince Jolivette, Avi Lerner, Miles Levy, Matthew O'Toole, Robert Van Norden
- Executive Producers: Heidi Jo Markel, Lonnie Ramati
- Art Direction: Eric Morrell
- Casting: Matthew Morgan
- Costume Design: Caroline Eselin
- D.O.P.: Christina Voros
- Editor: Ian Olds
- Makeup: David Atherton
- Music: Tim O'Keefe
- Production Design: Kristen Adams
- Set Decoration: James Fowler
Directed by Oscar-nominated James Franco from a screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, "As I Lay Dying" is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner.
The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie's husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie's death in a profound and different way.
Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all -- each individual character's personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Mississippi, USA
- MPAA Warning: Disturbing images, some sexual content and brief nudity
- Production Budget: $4 million
- Production Companies: Lee Caplin and Picture Entertainment, RabbitBandini Productions
- Production Schedule: October 2012 - December 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Having indulged in mostly experimental indies so far, James Franco's desire to direct gets ambitious with this adaptation of William Faulkner’s beloved 1930 novel. An extremely difficult book to translate due to Faulkner's prose, and the action being told from fifteen different perspectives, Franco has long been determined to make this. Several years ago he reportedly shot a rough version of what he had in mind to prove he could do it.
Filmed in Mississippi over the past few months with faithful recreations of the 1920s, the story showcases how various different characters cope with loss. The main thrust follows a family's attempts to fulfil the dying wishes of their mother who wants to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. The last time someone tried to adapt Faulkner was Martin Ritt's 1959 film "The Sound and the Fury," and so many people are wondering how this will turn out."