David Milch, the man behind NYPD Blue and Deadwood has signed an agreement to produce William Faulkner's work for broadcast on HBO, according to the New York Times. Now this could be fun.
You may quibble about whether you like Faulkner's more experimental writing, but his plots are as complicated, surprising, and as full of dark comedy as anything you've ever seen on HBO. I can't wait to see As I Lay Dying brought to life. I suspect the producers may start with that one.
I went through a serious love affair with Faulkner in my early 20s when I read every single thing that he wrote. Yes, I even slogged through the tough-to-read The Sound and the Fury. Whenever someone tells me they don't like Faulkner, I point out that if they only read it in high school, then they should start a new relationship with him. In fact, I think you need some life experience behind you to truly appreciate the battles, and the scars, that many of his characters face.
But the one Faulkner book that I'd like to see on the screen?
Like many of Faulkner's books, the storylines jump back and forth through time, and each of the characters is allowed to tell part of the story. But this book is worth the effort.